Wildfire Update - September 10, 2020
The wildfire danger rating for the Whitecourt Forest Area is High.
Since March 1, there have been 31 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area, burning a total of 2.6 hectares. All of these wildfires have been extinguished.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
While out hunting and recreating, please remember to use caution in the forest. During the fall, dry grass and branches can stick to parts on an OHV. Take the time to prevent wildfires by checking these hotspots frequently.
If you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember:
- OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become heated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
- Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
- Carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
Fire Permits are still required until October 31st, 2020.
Before you burn it get a permit. Call 780-778-7166 to get your free permit. Permits are not required for cooking and warming fires.
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