The fire danger is High for the High Level Forest Area. Due to the hot and dry weather conditions with overnight and forecasted lightning, lookout observers are on high alert. Firefighters, aircraft and equipment are prepositioned throughout the area, ready to respond to any new wildfires. Please report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
(Wildfire HWF056, is 9.4 hectares in size. Firefighters, helicopters and airtankers have responded to this Out of Control (OC) located approx. 6 km to the southwest of the Town of Rainbow Lake. There is no threat to any communities or homes at this time.)
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | JUNE 29, 2021 AT 10:00 PM
There is 6 active wildfires in the High Level Forest Area. Of these fires, 1 is Out of Control (OC), 3 are Being Held (BH) and 2 are Under Control (UC).
Wildfires of note,
- Fire HWF056, is located approximately 6 km to the southwest of the Town of Rainbow Lake. This fire is 9.4 hectares in size and is classified as Out of Control (OC). There are firefighters, helicopters and airtankers working on this fire. There is no threat to the Town of Rainbow Lake at this time.
- Fire HTO001, is located approximately 10 km south of the Town of High Level at the West Fraser mill. Agriculture and Forestry support staff and aircraft are assisting the Town of High Level Fire Department.
Since March 1st there have been 56 wildfires in the High Level Forest Area burning a total of 100 hectares.
For a map of all fire locations in the High Level Forest Area and the province please check out the wildfire status map on the wildfire.alberta.ca website. To report a wildfire please call, 310-FIRE(3473).
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE | JUNE 29, 2021
Since March 1, 2021 there has been a total of 602 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,602 hectares.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT | JUNE 25, 2021 AS OF 10:00 AM
Due to the current and forecasted hot and dry weather the High Level Forest Area has a Fire Advisory in effect.
Under this advisory:
- Existing fire permits are still valid, however, a fire permit renewal may not be issued.
- New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis, only for essential burning.
- Campfires are allowed.
- Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
This fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
With the forecasted hot and dry weather please ensure you are taking extra care when burning. Always burn responsibly, follow the guidelines of your permit and monitor your burn site.
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.
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.
SAVE YOUR FIREWORKS FOR ANOTHER DAY. CELEBRATE TOGETHER ON JULY 1st.
Alberta Wildfire typically sees an increase in human-caused wildfires during long weekends. Last year, 88% of wildfires were human-caused. We all have a role to play to prevent them.
This Canada Day, we encourage everyone to use caution if they are spending time in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. We ask Albertans to always extinguish their campfire when they are done. Soak it, stir it and soak again, until the ashes are cool to the touch.
Fireworks are a popular way of celebrating Canada Day, but they can cause unintentional wildfires. Fireworks and exploding targets create hot debris when they are detonated, which can cause a wildfire when coming in contact with fuels in the forest, such as dry grass.
Albertans who are planning on detonating fireworks in the Forest Protection Area must receive written permission from a forest officer. Anyone who sets off fireworks without written permission could face a fine of $600.
Contact your local forest office to request a fireworks fire permit at 780-926-5407
Remember to check Albertafirebans.ca before heading out this Canada Day to stay up to date on fire bans across the province.
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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