Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 13, 2022

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2022

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Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in grassy areas and to report smoke or fire in the forest by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Please extinguish campfires by soaking it, stirring it, and soaking it again.


WHITECOURT FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING

The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area IS MODERATE


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 TRAINING

During the low fire danger days the crews in the Whitecourt Forest Area keep busy by training this years new recruits. The training is also a good refresher for existing members. Last week the Whitecourt Unit Crew conducted some pump training to ensure their machines are in good working order and that the crews are confident with the water pumps. 

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(Whitecourt Unit Crew-pump training) 


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OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE SAFETY 

  • Exhaust systems heat up to temperatures in excess of 204 degrees Celsius; hot enough to fry an egg and start a wildfire.
  • At these temperatures, built up materials and debris on your machine (such as grass, muskeg, moss, or other debris) can heat up, smoulder and ignite.
  • The smouldering debris can drop to the ground as you’re riding, starting a wildfire.
  • Regularly check your OHV hot spots which include: muffler, engine and manifold, wheel well, and seat. 

WHITECOURT FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE

Since January 1, 2022, there have been 35 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area burning a total of 33.64 ha. 

To view the wildfires on a map, check out the new wildfire dashboard. It 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 province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE

Since January 1, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 429 wildfires burning a total of 12,707.91 ha.


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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. 


RELATED INFORMATION
 
Fire Permits

780-778-7166

General Information Related to Alberta Wildfire or Fire Bans, Restrictions, or Advisories

1-866-FYI-FIRE

General/Other Forestry Related Questions

780-778-7153

For more information, please contact:
 
COLBY LACHANCE
Information Coordinator  
Phone: (780) 706-5336

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