As we head into the August long weekend, please keep fire safety top of mind. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for information on fire advisories, restrictions or bans in your area. If you see smoke or fire in the forest, call 310-FIRE.
The wildfire danger is now MODERATE in the Peace River Forest Area. Scattered thundershowers are expected to continue to pass through the area, increasing the chance of lightning-caused fires and gusty winds. Please call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.
So far this season, there have been 33 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area, all of which have been extinguished except for one that has been turned over to the land owner. .
For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
FIRE ADVISORY LIFTED
Thanks to your essential diligence, the effective preparations of Alberta Wildfire, as well as the recent precipitation in many areas of the province, the fire advisory in the Forest Protection Area has been lifted, effective July 14.
Please visit www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET A PERMIT
Fire permits are required for all burning within the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of campfires. To inquire about getting your free fire permit, call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190.
Please remember that if you intend to burn once you've obtained your fire permit, you must evaluate the weather at your specific location and follow the conditions on your permit. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area.
SAFE OHV USE
If you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember:
- OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
- It is crucial for Albertans to stop and check OHVs and the ground for any debris that may have fallen.
- Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
- Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
COVID-19 AND WILDFIRE
Alberta Wildfire has developed a COVID-19 response plan that will ensure we can keep staff healthy and effectively manage wildfires during the 2020 wildfire season. Wildfire fighting methods were reviewed and best practices on physical distancing, hygiene, travel and isolation have been adopted.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate through these difficult times.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Call or Text:
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235
Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)