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Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 26, 2017

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017



Today, the wildfire hazard is moderate for the Whitecourt Forest Area. The hazard is expected to climb over the weekend due to the return of warm, dry weather. The winds are expected to remain light.

If you see smoke in the forest, call 310-FIRE (3473)



There are zero active wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been nine wildfires that have burned 0.33 hectares in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

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



Before, during and after your campfire, its easy to be safe.
  • Site - in campgrounds or recreational areas, use the designated stoves, rings or fire pits. In the backcountry or where a designated receptacle isn't available, use sites that are clear of dry grass, bushes, leaves, over hanging branches, tree trunks and peat moss. Build the campfire on level ground that is sheltered from the wind and near a source of water.

  • Never leave a campfire unattended - a campfire can escape and start a wildfire if no one is watching it. Watch for sparks and escaped embers - quickly extinguish them.

  • Extinguishing a campfire  - soak it, stir it, soak it again - let the fire burn down, spread the embers within the pit then add water or loose dirt. Stir it around to expose any material that is still burning and then add more water or dirt. Don’t bury your fire because it can smolder underground and reignite into a wildfire.  You’ll know your fire is out, when you don’t feel any heat coming from the ashes.


Image: A firefighter putting out an abandoned campfire. If an individual does not properly extinguish a fire and it starts a wildfire they can be charged up to $100,000 or face imprisonment for up to two years. Read more here.

Leaving a campfire unattended will result in a fine of $287 under the Forest Prairie and Protection Act.



As of March 1, a free fire permit is required for all burning (except for campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Get started by calling:

  • Whitecourt patrolman at 780-778-1590 or
  • Whitecourt Fire Centre at 780-778-7272

As of March 31, 2017 new penalties now exist for failure to produce a fire permit when requested by a forest officer, read more here.



Are you tending to your yard and flower gardens this weekend? When choosing your plants this year, consider FireSmart. Check out the FireSmart Guide to Landscaping. By selecting fire resistant plants and materials you can increase the likelihood of your home surviving a wildfire. Other small steps like having noncombustible surface material around the outer walls of your home can make a difference - read more here.

Check out the new Home Development Guide to learn how to further reduce the risk of wildfire impacting your home and neighborhood.



Enhancements were made to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act (FPPA) regulations on March 31, 2017. Learn about the changes and the associated fines here.


Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on June 2, 2017.

Shannon Stambaugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Whitecourt Forest Area
Mobile: 780-706-5336
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Dry Grass Hazard | Whitecourt Forest Area

By Shannon Stambaugh, Apr 15, 2016 11:52:29 AM


Wildfire Hazard 

The wildfire hazard is MODERATE for the Whitecourt Forest Area Forest Area. Patches of dry grass and branches can catch fire quickly - easily growing into a wildfire. Use caution when working or recreating in these areas.

Call 310-FIRE if you see smoke in the forest.



Fire Advisory in Effect 

As of April 8, 2016 a Fire Advisory has been declared in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Fire permits for heavy fuels (i.e. brush piles, windrows and root piles) will not be issued until conditions improve.

A free fire permit is required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area. New permits will be issued depending on site prepartion and matierls to be burnt.

Safe campfires are still allowed.

If you are within the Whitecourt Forest Area and need a fire permit call 780-778-7272. 

Burning activities may become restricted in the coming days if conditions worsen. For more information on Fire Advisories, Restrictions or Bans across the province, visit AlbertaFirebans.ca.


Wildfire Update

Whitecourt Forest Area | April 15 @ 1100hrs

In the past 24 hours there was one new wildfire in the Whitecourt Forest Area, it has been turned over to the responsible party. 

Since April 1, 2016 there have been five wildfires that have burned 1.44 hectares. 

Provincial Update | April 15 @ 1100hrs

  • In the past 24 hours there have been four new wildfires. One is under control, one has been turned over to the responsible party, and two have been extinguished.
  • Alberta currently has eight wildfires. Four are under control and four have been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since April 1, 2016, Alberta has recorded 99 wildfires that have burned a total of 132.32 hectares.

For information on wildfires across the province, visit Wildfire.Alberta.ca


Photo: Over the next few weeks, firefighters will be burning areas of dry grass in and around communities in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Burning helps to remove the build-up of dry grass that is characteristic of spring.


Wildfires Are Exhausting...

If you are using an off-highway vehicle, stop and check your machine regularly for the build-up of grass and other flammable material. Learn more:



Unless conditions change, you can expect your next update on April 22, 2016.


Shannon Stambaugh | Wildfire Information Officer

Whitecourt Forest Area

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
office: 780.778.7273 | mobile: 780.706.5336




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