WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is VERY HIGH.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
The Whitecourt Forest Area had eight new wildfires today, May 31st, 2021. Seven have been extinguished and one is under control. We urge everyone to use extreme caution when outside in these dry and high temperature conditions.
WW027 was detected May 30th, 2021 and is approximately 19 kilometers from Whitecourt. The fire is currently being held and is approximately 16 hectares in size. There is no threat to communities at this time.
WW028 was detected May 30th, 2021 and is approximately 35 kilometers south of Fox Creek and approximately 70 kilometers west of Whitecourt. The fire is currently being held and is approximately 1.8 hectares in size. There is no threat to communities at this time.
WW029 was detected May 30th, 2021 and has been turned over to the responsible parties and was 0.01 hectares in size. There is no threat to communities at this time.
WWF030 was detected the morning of May 31, 2021 and is approximately 0.01 hectares in size. This fire has since been extinguished.
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 your campfire is cool to the touch before leaving the area
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 34 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 21.17 hectares. There were three previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. One wildfire is currently being held, one has been turned over, two are under control and 30 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 431 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,030 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
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