WHITECOURT FOREST AREA
The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is HIGH.
Whitecourt Forest Area Update
If you see any smoke or fire in the forest call 310-FIRE (3473).
Please fully extinguish your campfires by soaking it, stirring it, and soaking it again. The coals should be cool to the touch.
WWF043 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 32 kilometers west of Whitecourt. The fire is currently out of control and is approximately 0.50 hectares in size. The fire is being actioned by one wildfire crew, one helicopter, one water truck, and one heavy piece of equipment.
WWF044 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 28 kilometers south east of Fox Creek. The fire is extinguished and burnt approximately 0.01 hectares.
WWF045 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 29 kilometers north of Whitecourt. The fire is currently out of control burning approximately 0.40 hectares. The fire is being actioned by three wildfire crews and two helicopters.
WWF046 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 24 kilometers south east of Fox Creek. The fire is extinguished and burnt approximately 0.01 hectares.
WWF047 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 24 kilometers south west of Fox Creek. The fire is out of control burning approximately one hectare in size. The fire is being actioned by two wildfire crews and two helicopters.
*Keep in mind there will be smoke and aircraft activity in the area. There is no threat to any communities at this time.*
One Whitecourt wildfire crew has been sent on export to assist Ontario with Wildfire Operations. Alberta Wildfire assists other agencies when we are able to and the same is done for us in times of need. These arrangements are made through an organization called the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and they coordinate resource sharing between agencies. We wish the crew safe travels and good luck during their stay.
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 the coals from the campfire are cool to the touch before leaving the area
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 44 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 24.38 hectares. There were three previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. Three wildfires are out of control and 44 have been extinguished.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 526 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,379 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
- Pile firewood at least 10-30 meters away from your home
- 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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