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 are four wildfire support members allocated to the wildfire that will monitor the fire behavior and extinguish any hotspots. There is no threat to communities at this time.
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. One wildfire is under control and 40 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 512 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,375 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.
- Clear your gutters of debris and wash them out
- Class A fire-rated material offers the best protection for your homes roof in the event of a wildfire. Examples of material that is recommended include clay tile, concrete tile, metal, and asphalt shingles
- Remove combustible material (twigs, logs, branches, leaves) within 10 meters of a structure
For more information about how you can adopt these FireSmart practices visit https://www.firesmartcanada.ca/
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