The return of warm temperatures has increased moderate for the Whitecourt Forest Area. Right now, it is harder for wildfires to start and spread, but it is always important to properly prepare, conduct, and extinguish any burning.
Lightning season is here, if you see smoke in the forest, call 310-FIRE (3473).
Image: Looking north towards Whitecourt, Alberta.
FIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED
Free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
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.
WILDFIRE SITUATION | June 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
Whitecourt Forest Area
- In the last 24 hours, there was one wildfire in the Whitecourt Forest Area, firefighters responded quickly and was extinguished at 0.10 hectares in size.
- Since March 1, 2018, there have been 36 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 11.75 hectares.
Province of Alberta
- There are 17 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 12 are under control, and 5 have been turned over to the responsible party. Learn more about wildfire status definitions.
- Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 595 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 30,285.61 hectares.
HELP PREVENT WILDFIRE
- Clean your off-highway vehicle before, during and after your ride. Learn more.
- Never leave your campfire, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. Learn more.
Before you go camping, or using 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.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
- Subscribe to the Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email on new local wildfire information.
- Get wildfire information for the province of Alberta by visiting: wildfirestatus.alberta.ca. Or download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android devices.
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