WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is HIGH.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
If you see any smoke or fire in the forest call 310-FIRE (3473).
Please fully extinguish your campfires by soaking it, stirring it, and soaking it again. The coals should be cool to the touch.
WWF048 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 4.2 kilometers east of Whitecourt. The fire is under control burning approximately 0.01 hectares. The fire is being monitored by one wildfire personnel.
WWF055 was detected June 21st, 2021 and is approximately 11 kilometers north-east of Fox Creek. The wildfire is currently under control and 1.60 hectares in size. There is one wildfire crew allocated to the fire.
WWF056 was detected June 21st, 2021 and is approximately 40 kilometers south-west of Fox Creek. The wildfire is currently under control and is 2.80 hectares in size. There is one wildfire crew and one helicopter allocated to the fire.
WWF057 was detected June 22nd, 2021 and is approximately 14 kilometers south west of Swan Hills. The wildfire is currently under control and is 0.20 hectares in size. There is one wildfire crew and two helicopters allocated to the fire.
*There will be smoke and aircraft activity in the area. There are no threats to any communities at this time.*
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
Due to current and forecasted weather the Whitecourt Forest Area is putting on a fire advisory.
- Under the fire advisory all active permits are suspended, including burn barrels
- No new permits will be issued until conditions change
- Some essential burning will be allowed at the discretion of a forest officer
If you have any questions, please call 780-778-7166 or 1-866-FYI-FIRE
One Whitecourt Unit crew and one Helitack crew has been sent on export to assist Ontario with Wildfire Operations. Alberta Wildfire assists other agencies when we are able to and the same is done for us in times of need. These arrangements are made through an organization called the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and they coordinate resource sharing between agencies. We wish the crew safe travels and good luck during their stay.
Enjoying a campfire this summer? Here are some tips on how to have a safe campfire:
- Before heading out this summer check out https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for the latest updates in your area
- Make a safe ring of rocks to contain the campfire if you're in the backcountry or use a designated fire pit when visiting a campground
- Never leave a campfire unattended
- When you're finished with your campfire soak it, stir it, and soak it again
- We ask that you stir and soak your campfire again as the campfire can burn into the ground and may re-ignite later causing a wildfire
- Always make sure the coals from the campfire are cool to the touch before leaving the area
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 54 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 28.76 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 53 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 569 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,389 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
- Exhaust from your OHV can become very hot, reaching temperatures of 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. The debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground
- Stop often along the trails and check your hotspots on the OHV or vehicle and clear out any vegetative material that has built-up
- Always bring firefighting equipment like a small extinguisher, shovel, or water with you when in the forested areas
- Before heading out check out https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ to see if there are any restrictions in the area
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