Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 12, 2018

Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2018



Cooler temperatures have dropped the wildfire danger to moderate in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Although it is harder for a wildfire to start, it is always important to do our part to prevent wildfire.


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

  • Never leave your campfire unattended, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. 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 | July 12, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area
  • In the last 24 hours, there was one wildfire in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Firefighters quickly brought the wildfire under control at 0.01 hectares in size. It is not threatening any communities. Firefighters will continue to monitor the wildfire until it is out.
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 45 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 12.30 hectares.

Province of Alberta
  • There are 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
    • Current wildfire status: 3 wildfires are being held, 17 are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 915 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 45,143.13 hectares.

For more information on wildfires across the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, visit:  wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.



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 July 20, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
Shannon Stamabugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Phone: 780.706.5336