High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area - October 12, 2021

Posted on Tue, Oct 12, 2021



There are three wildfires in the High Level Forest Area, all of which are classified as Under Control (UC). Since March 1st there have been 86 wildfires in the High Level Forest Area burning a total of 2,943 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). 


Since March 1 there have been 1,268 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 52,935 hectares. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


Agriculture and Forestry, the High Level Fire Department and FP Innovations are conducting a research project in the High Level Forest Area over the next 10 days. The goal of this research is to find creative and innovative ways to manage and fight wildfires more effectively around our communities. Once this project is completed, FP Innovations will be releasing a results based document.

During this project there will be debris burning conducted south of the Town of High Level at the West Fraser/Norbord mill site and north of the Town of High Level at the Tolko storage yard by Hutch Lake. The burning of debris will occur from October 13 to October 20, 2021. Please be advised that the controlled burning in these areas is expected to create a low to moderate amount of smoke, which may impact visibility along Highway 35. Smoke signage will be posted along Highway 35. Please use extra caution while driving in these areas. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Wildfire Information Officer, Victoria Ostendorf at 780-841-9387.


From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning, excluding 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. 

Be aware of your permit conditions and when it is and isn't appropriate to burn. During wildfire season, fire permits may be suspended or cancelled, depending on the wildfire danger. 



Download the new 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. Available for Apple and Android.


If you're having a campfire in the Forest Protection of Area, make sure it's fully extinguished when you are done. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until the ashes are cool to the touch. Never leave a campfire unattended! WF_Social-images (6)


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.

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-841-9387

Email: victoria.ostendorf@gov.ab.ca


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