FIRE SEASON STARTED MARCH 1
The 2020 Fire Season started March 1, 2020. Fire permits are now required for all burning, with the exception of heating or warming fires, within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to find out how to obtain your FREE fire permit.
All winter burning should have been extinguished by March 1st. If you have questions regarding this, please call the Peace River Forest Area office at the number above.
DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT SPRING WILDFIRES
Although it's cold and there is snow on the ground, conditions are favorable for holdover fires. A fire left smoldering can burn under the snow all winter long emerging as a wildfire in the spring. Please be responsible and burn safely.
Be sure to extinguish your campfires
Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.
Check your winter brush piles to ensure they are extinguished
- STIR IT: spread out the remaining material within the pile using a metal probe, or if necessary, heavy equipment. Dig down into the soil to make sure the fire has not burned down to the root system.
- SOAK IT: soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile.
- STIR IT AGAIN: Roll the debris over. Using your bare hand, feel for heat while looking for steam. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat coming from the ashes.
The wildfire danger level is LOW in the Peace River Forest Area. Despite the low hazard levels, please remember, safe winter burning practices are always in season.
Throughout the winter months, Alberta Wildfire will continue to monitor and respond to any wildfires. To report a wildfire in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, call 310-FIRE (3473).
For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
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