HAZARD REDUCTION BURN
A hazard reduction burn is currently planned for April 23, 2021 near the Town of Whitecourt. This burn will be approximately 8.5 hectares in size and is located 1.1 kilometres east of Whitecourt. The goal is to remove dry grass and reduce the risk of wildfire.
In preparation for this hazard reduction burn, municipal and provincial firefighters have planned extensively to ensure public safety. Firefighters will manage and monitor this burn until it’s fully extinguished.
Smoke may be visible while the burn is ongoing. All public roads and highways will remain open during the hazard reduction burn. Smoke notification signs will be in place along major roadways.
WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
Cooler temperatures and precipitation have brought the wildfire danger to LOW in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been ten wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning a total of 2.21 hectares. All ten of these wildfires have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 125 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 116.1 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
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During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on doing any burning in the Forest Protection Area, other than a campfire.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.To request a free fire permit please call 780-778-7166
For more information, please contact:
Provincial Information Officer
- 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