WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is MODERATE.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
WWF027 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 is currently one wildfire crew allocated to the wildfire that will monitor the fire behavior and extinguish any hotspots. There is no threat to communities at this time.
WWF041 was detected June 6, 2021 and is approximately 30 km northwest of Fox Creek. The fire is currently under control and is approximately 0.60 hectares in size. At this time there are two crews and one helicopter allocated to the wildfire and they will work to extinguish it. 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 38 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 22.45 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 39 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 505 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,370 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
While you're getting your yards ready for summer there are some easy FireSmart practices you can do to increase the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire.
- Stack firewood 10-30 meters away from your home
- Move propane tanks 10 meters away from your home
- Keep your grass cut to less than 10 centimeters
- Remove bark mulch from around your home
For more information about how you can adopt these FireSmart practices visit https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
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