Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 15, 2021

Posted on Tue, Jun 15, 2021



The wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area is MODERATE. 

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 under control and is approximately 0.45 hectares in size. The fire is being actioned by one wildfire crew, one water truck, and one heavy piece of equipment.  

WWF045 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 29 kilometers north of Whitecourt. The fire is currently being held burning approximately 0.57 hectares. The fire is being actioned by two wildfire crews and one helicopter. 

WWF047 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 24 kilometers south west of Fox Creek. The fire is being held burning approximately 0.57 hectares in size. The fire is being actioned by two wildfire crews and one helicopter.

WWF048 was detected June 14th, 2021 and is approximately 4.2 kilometers east of Whitecourt. The fire is under control burning approximately 0.01 hectare in size. The fire is being monitored by one wildfire personnel.  

*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 45 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning approximately 24.08 hectares. There were three previously reported wildfires that began before March 1, 2021, burning a total of 0.23 hectares. Three wildfires are being held, one wildfire is under control, and 44 have been extinguished.    

Since March 1, 2021, there have been 540 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 1,382 hectares. 

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

FireSmart firewood pile


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/ 



Download the NEW Alberta Wildfire App to access provincial wildfire status maps and updates on your mobile device.



Fire Permits


Reporting a Wildfire

310-FIRE (3473)

General Information Related to Alberta Wildfire or Fire Bans, Restrictions, or Advisories


General/Other Forestry Related Questions


For more information, please contact:
Colby Lachance 
Wildfire Information Officer 
Phone: (780) 778-7263


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