Wildfire Update - May 26, 2020
The wildfire danger rating for the Whitecourt Forest Area is LOW.
Since March 1, there have been four wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. All four have been extinguished.
WWF-004 was an abandoned campfire discovered, still smoldering, and extinguished today. Leaving a campfire unattended is prohibited under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act, as are open wood fires during a fire ban. Both violations can result in fines.
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 135 wildfires burning a total of 66.74 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
FIRE BAN IN EFFECT
There is a fire ban in place inside the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, as well as in Alberta provincial parks and protected areas, until further notice.
Fire permits are suspended or cancelled. Some allowances can be made for essential agricultural and industrial burning, but will need to be approved by a forest officer.
• wood campfires on public lands.
• wood campfires on private land and provincial campgrounds.
• backyard firepits
• barbeques with charcoal briquettes.
• propane / natural gas powered appliances
• open flame CSA approved oil devices
• wood fires in an enclosed facility or device, which have a chimney with a spark arrestor
** All devices must be CSA approved and used as per manufacturer standards. An enclosed facility or device is one that is fully contained with a chimney that has a spark arrestor. Users are still responsible for care and attendance of all devices and should reduce their use during fire restrictions and bans. Approved activities or devices will not prevent potential prosecution or litigation if the user or device starts a wildfire.
The fire danger level is moderate. There are no off-highway vehicle restrictions currently in place in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
An off-highway vehicle restriction will be introduced if there is an increase in the hazard level. We will re-evaluate daily.
These steps are part of a number of actions the department is implementing to help mitigate wildfire risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking action in advance to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires will allow Alberta Wildfire to make the best possible use of resources when the availability of firefighters could be reduced because of the pandemic.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be monitoring conditions, including the availability of firefighting crews and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fire ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Please visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for a map of the affected area.
For more information, please contact:
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation