High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Update - May 5, 2022

Posted on Thu, May 05, 2022


Please use caution in areas of exposed dry grass. As dry grass burns fast, any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire, even when the temperatures are cool.

Adhere to the conditions of your burn permit, never burn in windy conditions and always extinguish your campfire. If you see smoke or flame, call 310-FIRE.

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There are is one active wildfires in the High Level Forest Area. This fire is Under Control (UC) at 0.01 hectares. Since January 1st, there has been four wildfires burning a total of 0.36 hectares.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 156 wildfires which burned a total of 407 hectares.  

For more information or to view wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit Wildfire Status | AAF - Agriculture and Forestry (alberta.ca). 

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Hazard reduction burning in the communities of Chateh and John D’Or Prairie will commence today, Thursday May 5, 2022. Burning will continue until weather permits or the burn is complete.

Every spring, firefighters burn areas of dry grass around communities in the High Level Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters will be burning under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and the impact of smoke to roadways and communities are minimized.

If you have any questions please call the Wildfire Information Officer, Victoria Ostendorf at 780-841-9387.

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From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of outdoor burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta with the exception of a campfire for cooking or warming. Fire permits help ensure that when smoke or fire is reported, wildfire officials can determine whether this is a wildfire or a permitted burn.

Albertans living or recreating in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit using the new, convenient online fire permit portal.

Fire permits can still be requested over the phone by calling the High Level Forest Area permit line at 780-926-5407.


Download the Alberta Wildfire 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 all on your mobile device. Available for Apple and Android.

Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

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Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer

High Level Forest Area

Mobile: 780-841-9387

Email: victoria.ostendorf@gov.ab.ca