High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Update - April 14, 2022

Posted on Thu, Apr 14, 2022

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WILDFIRE SITUATION

There are no wildfires in the High Level Forest Area.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 41 wildfires which burned a total of 25 hectares.  

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

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BURN IT WITH A PERMIT

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.

WINTER BURNING

If you have conducted any winter burning, take the time to go back and ensure your fires are out. If fires aren’t properly put out, they can spread and burn underground, under the snow and ice, all winter. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires.

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.

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WILDFIRE INFORMATION

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

Mobile: 780-841-9387

Email: victoria.ostendorf@gov.ab.ca

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