WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is HIGH.
Wildfire WCU002 is burning west of Tomahawk between range road 63 and range road 70, and between township roads 510 and 514.
Alberta Wildfire is assisting Parkland County with three pieces of heavy equipment, 17 firefighters, and a helicopter.
A mutual aid resource sharing agreement enables the province to share wildland fire resources. Alberta Wildfire has agreements with local municipalities, such as Parkland County to provide firefighting resources when requested.
Evacuations are initiated by the local municipality and enforced by the RCMP. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry does not enact evacuation orders.
Please visit www.parklandcounty.com or Parkland County’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
For evacuation information, please visit: https://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/
A fire advisory is in effect for the Whitecourt Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to a lack of significant precipitation.
This advisory is in effect for the Forest Protection Area within the Whitecourt Forest Area and does not include lands within the town boundary of Whitecourt, Fox Creek and Swan Hills.
Under this advisory:
- Fire permits are suspended, excluding permits for burn barrels;
- No new permits will be issued until conditions change;
- Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire;
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.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 11 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning a total of 2.22 hectares. There were 3 previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. All 14 of these wildfires have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 210 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 883 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
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During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on doing any burning in the Forest Protection Area, other than a campfire.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.To request a free fire permit please call 780-778-7166
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