Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2018



NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App is not updating. Please use the wildfire status map on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for current locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue.


With increased temperatures the wildfire danger remains at high in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Under these conditions, wildfires have the potential to start easily. Help firefighters by reporting smoke in the forest, call 310-FIRE (3473).


  • Clean your off-highway vehicle before, during and after your ride. Learn more.

  • Campfire tips include never leaving the fire unattended, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. An abandoned campfire can lead to fines, learn more.

    Safe campfire

Before you go camping, or taking a vehicle off-road, find out about fire advisories, restrictions, bans, and off-highway vehicle restrictions at Albertafirebans.ca, or on the Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices. 

WILDFIRE SITUATION | Aug. 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area

  • In the last 24 hours, there have been no wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 51 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 13.99 hectares.

Province of Alberta

  • There are 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
    • Current wildfire status: 2 are out of control, 6 are being held, 13 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,106 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 51,325.62 hectares.

Please note, the Alberta Wildfire app is currently experiencing technical difficulties and is not displaying the correct information. We are working to correct the issue as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconveniences. For up to date information, please visit the Wildfire Status Map.


Smoke continues to drift into the forest area from wildfires burning in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and British Columbia, see the most current smoke forecast at firesmoke.ca.

If you are experiencing smoke related health concerns, visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811 for 24/7 health advice.


Free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Permits help firefighters know where planned burning is taking place, leaving them ready to respond to new wildfires.

If you need a fire permit in the Whitecourt Forest Area, call 780-778-7272.


If you burn without a permit, or outside of the permit conditions, your fire is a wildfire. Learn about violation tickets for burning without a permit.


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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be August 10, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. 
Provincial Information Officer
Phone: 1-866-394-3473