WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is VERY HIGH.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
We urge everyone to use extreme caution when outside in these dry and high temperature conditions. 25km/h winds coming in from the west and gusting to 45km/h at times.
WW027 was detected May 30th, 2021 and is approximately 19 kilometers from Whitecourt. The fire is currently under control and is approximately 16.03 hectares in size. At this time there are currently two wildfire crews and one helicopter allocated to the wildfire that will monitor the fire behavior and extinguish any hotspots. 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 under control and is approximately 1.90 hectares in size. At this time there is one wildfire crew monitoring the wildfire. There is no threat to communities at this time.
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 and burning permits deemed essential by a forest officer.
- No new permits will be issued until conditions change.
- Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
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 21.36 hectares. There were three previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. Two wildfires are under control and 35 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 452 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,039 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
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