The wildfire danger for the Whitecourt Forest Area is MODERATE.
Warm weather and winds can quickly dry vegetation and increase fire danger. If you see smoke or flames in the forest, call 310-FIRE (2473) to report it.
WHITECOURT FOREST AREA UPDATE
Since January 1, 2023, there have been 54 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 66,571 hectares (ha).
View active wildfires and their stats on the wildfire dashboard.
Exhaust systems heat up to temperatures in excess of 200°C. At these temperatures, built up materials and debris on your machine (such as grass, muskeg, moss) can heat up, smoulder and ignite. Smouldering debris can drop to the ground as you are riding, starting a wildfire.
For more information, see Off-highway vehicles: Wildfire prevention tips.
Hunting season has begun in areas across Alberta. Hunters please ensure warming and cooking fires are completely extinguished. Keep campfires in safe, non-combustible soils and when you're done with the campfire remember to soak it, stir it and soak it again until it's cool to the touch.
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Albertans are always asked to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors:
- Before you burn it, get your fire permit. Fire permits in Alberta.
- Clear debris from hot spots on your off-highway vehicle.
- Ensure your campfire is out - soak it, stir it, soak it again.
- 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.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since January 1, there have been 998 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,970,150.92 ha.
FIRESMART BEGINS AT HOME
Protecting your home starts with simple actions.
There are many factors that may impact your property's risk to wildfire. FireSmart Canada has great videos you can view on various topics and improve your fire preparedness. You can check out these videos by clicking here and viewing their videos on YouTube.
- For road closure information, please visit 511.alberta.ca
- The NASA FIRMS Fire Information website is a great resource to give an idea of the location of wildfires in the area, but it should be noted that this data is based on interpolation and often can make a wildfire appear larger than it actually is.
- Wildfire smoke is a tool used for the location of smoke firesmoke.ca
- Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link.
- Please visit Alberta Emergency Alerts for your community webpage for more 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.
Find wildfire forecasts, weather maps and information about how fire danger is monitored in Alberta please visit: alberta.ca/fire-weather-and-forecasts.aspx
- If this line is unavailable, please call 780-778-7153
General Information Related to Alberta Wildfire or Fire Bans, Restrictions, or Advisories
General/Other Forestry Related Questions
Websites for Further Information:
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation