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Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - Sept. 22, 2017

By Shannon Stambaugh, Sep 22, 2017 11:19:08 AM

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WILDFIRE HAZARD UPDATE

Lower temperatures and rain are mixing to keep the wildfire hazard at low for the Whitecourt Forest Area.

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Image: Taking the time to responsibly clean the hotspots on an OHV during a ride.


DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT WILDFIRES

New regulations have strengthened wildfire protection. Take the time to understand these amendments before having a campfire.

Quick tips: 

  • Never leave a fire unattended - a violation ticket of $287 can be issued.
  • Completely extinguish the campfire before you leave it. Do this by soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again. You will know it's out when the ashes are cool to the touch. Learn more.

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WILDFIRE SITUATION - September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area

There are no wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been 28 wildfires that have burned 11.43 hectares in the Forest Area.

Province of Alberta

There are currently 14 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Since March 1, 2017, Alberta has recorded 1,172 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 45,427.11  hectares. For information visit the provincial wildfire status map.


FIRE PERMITS

Until the end of the wildfire season (Oct. 31), a free fire permit is required for all burning (except for campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. To get started, call:

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

violation ticket of $287 can be issued for the failure to produce a fire permit when requested by a forest officer. For more information, visit fppa.alberta.ca.


ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION WHEN YOU NEED IT

To get daily wildfire hazard updates anytime, any place, download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Android or Apple products.

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To report a wildfire in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, call 310-FIRE (3473).

Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be at 11:00 a.m. on September 25, 2017.

 

Shannon Stambaugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Whitecourt Forest Area
Phone: 780.706.5336
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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