The wildfire danger is LOW in the Lac La Biche forest area.
Despite the snow on the ground, we have recorded one wildfire in the area. Let's do our best to keep the number of human-caused wildfires to a bare minimum this season. About 80% of wildfires are human caused - so there's an opportunity for us to make a significant difference in the number of fires we have to deal with.
Effective March 1st fire permits are required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area. A fire permit is not required for a cooking or warming fire.
To request your free fire permit call the Lac La Biche Alberta Wildfire office at 780-623-5388. We will do our best to accommodate you, keeping social distancing in mind!
Fires lit in the winter can smolder under the snow and emerge as a wildfire in the spring when conditions are warm and dry. We still have snow cover, but now is a good time to check any winter burning and ensure brush piles or other burning is extinguished.
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.
2019 Wildfires: here's a look back
Unless conditions change, your next update will be April 15.
Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire, and take care during this uncertain time.