Wildfire season started March 1, 2021. Permits are now required for all burning in the Forest Protection Area. The fire danger is Low throughout the Area, however please beware that with warmer temperatures and winds in the forecast there is a dry/dead grass hazard.
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | MAY 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm
There have been a total of four wildfire since March 1, 2021 in the High Level Forest Area burning approximately 0.10 hectares.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2021 there has been a total of 185 wildfire in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 849 hectares.
HAZARD REDUCTION BURNING
Agriculture and Forestry firefighters will be conducting hazard reduction burning in the community of Chateh. The objective is to remove fine fuel such as dry dead grass along ditches, open fields and other recreation areas. By removing these hazards it will reduce the risk of human-caused fires that may threaten homes and the community. Firefighters will be burning over the next few days as conditions allow. Please be cautious of firefighters working in the area and smoke in the air.
From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. To request your free fire permit call the High Level Forest Area permit line at 780-926-5407. Leave a message with your home location, burn location, what you plan to burn and our patrolmen will get back to you.
The fire hazard is increasing in snow-free areas and conditions can change rapidly. We ask that you monitor conditions closely if you are doing any burning under a fire permit.
Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight wildfire.
If you have conducted any winter burning, please go back and revisit your burn sites to ensure all fires are extinguished. When checking your winter burns, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. Use your bare hand to feel for heat over the ash piles. If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning. Douse any remaining hotspots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes.
NEW ALBERTA WILDFIRE MOBILE APP
Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province?
Download the new app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more. Available for Apple and Android.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit www.wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer
High Level Forest Area
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