Lac La Biche Area Update

Lac La Biche Forest Area - January 11, 2023

Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2023

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The fire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is LOW

Report smoke or fire in the forest by calling 310-FIRE (3473)


 WILDFIRE SITUATION 
 
Since January 1, 2023, there have been no wildfires in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. Wildfires can happen during the winter. You should be aware of your surroundings and ensure you always have sufficient firefighting equipment in case your fire escapes.
 
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE INFORMATION 
 
Since January 1, 2023 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been no wildfires.
 
To view active wildfires in the Lac La Biche area on a map, visit the Wildfire Dashboard
 

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WINTER BURNING

While wildfire season officially ends October 31 and a fire permit is no longer required for burning inside the Forest Protection Area, it’s important to keep safe winter burning practices top of mind.

Refrain from burning when an inversion is in place or is forecasted.

Consult your local municipality on how to safely undertake larger winter burning projects near communities or roads.

Actively manage burn projects to reduce total burning time.

Burn debris in stages so that you can adapt to changing weather conditions and reduce smoke.

Don’t burn until you have good snow cover in the area (more than 15 cm).

To assist the Lac La Biche Forest Area, please let us know if you plan any large scale winter burning by contacting the office at (780) 623-5388.


SMOKE INVERSIONS

If an inversion is expected or in place, smoke from your burn can be trapped close to the ground overnight reducing visibility and causing dangerous driving conditions and can affects those with smoke related health concerns.

The inversion happens when cold air is trapped near the ground by warmer air. The cool air near the surface cannot escape upwards and this creates a layer in which smoke from winter burning is trapped along the ground surface as it cannot mix out and rise.

Check the weather forecast and plan your burns when inversions aren't likely to occur. 


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WILDFIRE DASHBOARD

The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.

The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.


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.


For more information please contact: 

 

Provincial Wildfire Information Officer

780-420-1968

wildfireinfo@gov.ab.ca

 

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