WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is VERY HIGH.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
If you see smoke or flame in the forest call 310-FIRE (3473).
For any fire advisories, restrictions, or bans please click on https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for more information specific to your area.
The Whitecourt area will see temperatures in the low 20s with scattered rain showers.
*The Whitecourt area is in a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH*
WILDFIRES OF NOTE
WWF079 was detected July 9th, 2021 is classified as under control. It is located approximately 33 kilometers south east of Fox Creek and is approximately 3.10 hectares in size. The wildfire was caused by lightning. There is one wildfire crew and one helicopter allocated to the fire and will work to extinguish any hotspots.
WWF091 was detected July 14th, 2021 and is classified as under control at this time. It is located approximately ten kilometers west of Swan Hills and is approximately 0.02 hectares in size. The fire will continue to be monitored.
*There are no threats to any communities at this time.*
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 89 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 47.58 hectares. There were three previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. Four wildfires are under control and 88 wildfires have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 905 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 25,727 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
SMOKE RELATED HEALTH CONCERNS
Wildfire smoke will be affecting residents in our forest area. The smoke over our area is not produced by any current wildfires in Alberta. For those of you wondering what location the smoke is coming from, visit FireSmoke.ca. The service can produce forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke from wildfires up to 48 hours in advance.
If you have smoke related health concerns, please contact Alberta 811 or visit their website by clicking here.
FIRE RESTRICTION IN EFFECT
A FIRE RESTRICTION is now in place for the Whitecourt Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions, which will increase the fire danger.
Under this restriction:
- Existing fire permits are suspended.
- All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer.
- Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
- Wood campfires on public land
- Fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land
- Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
- Backyard fire pits on private land
- Charcoal briquette barbeques
- Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
- Indoor wood fires
- Open flame oil devices
The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Remember to check the hot spots on your off-highway vehicle (ohv) and remove debris before and after use.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
If you have any questions, please call 780-778-7166 or 1-866-FYI-FIRE.
Please see https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for more information specific to your location.
Did you know?
A fire guard is made when heavy equipment pushes through forested materials to create a fire break and removes fuels from the path of a wildfire. This will prevent the wildfire from spreading and affecting nearby communities and industry. After a fire guard is built, Agriculture and Forestry will start the reclamation process. The reclamation process includes:
- pushing back forested trees that were disturbed on the initial fire guard build
- smoothing down any downed trees that the wildfire or heavy equipment disturbed
- cleaning-up downed trees from the fire guard build
- laying down grass seed to assist the surface soil grasses to regenerate
- protecting water sources and maintaining erosion control
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