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Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Hazard Update - July 14, 2017

By Shannon Stambaugh, Jul 14, 2017 11:30:23 AM

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WILDFIRE HAZARD UPDATE

A significant amount of rain on the ground keeps the wildfire hazard low in the Whitecourt Forest Area. If you see smoke in the forest, call 310-FIRE (3473).

 

SMOKE IN THE AIR

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia continues to drift into the Whitecourt Forest Area. To see the latest smoke forecast, go to: www.firesmoke.ca

If you have health concerns related to smoke inhalation from a wildfire, check Alberta Health Services website or call 811 for 24 hour health advice. You can also learn more about Alberta's Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE 10:00 a.m., July 14, 2017

There are no wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been 20 wildfires that have burned 10.13 hectares in the Forest Area.

Currently, there are 14 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One wildfire is classified as being held, nine are under control and four have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1, 2017, Alberta has recorded 739 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 2,893.97 hectares. For information visit the provincial wildfire status map.

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HANDY TIPS WHEN HAVING A CAMPFIRE

Before you leave to go camping, check albertafirebans.ca for information about fire restrictions or bans. Once you find out that you can have a campfire, here are some tips to make it a safe experience:

  • Select your site - use a designated stove, ring or fire pit if possible. Use sites clear of dry grass, bushes, leave branches and other flammable vegetation.
  • Prepare your campfire - have the right tools including a shovel, axe and enough water to fully extinguish your campfire.
  • Extinguish your campfire - soak it, stir it, soak it again. Using your bare hand, feel for heat coming from the ashes, it should be cool to the touch.

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

Learn more about the changes made to the Forest Prairie and Protection Act by visiting fppa.alberta.ca

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WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS FOR USING AN OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE

  • Remove debris - keep your machine debris free by checking it before, during and after a ride.
  • Strategic parking - park your OHV on bare mineral soil if possible, do not park it in areas of dead, dry grass. 
  • Exit and check - when possible, drive out on the path you drove in on. This will help you check for fires that may have started.

Read more here

FIRE PERMITS

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

A fine of $287 now exists for failure to produce a fire permit when requested by a forest officer, read more here or visit fppa.alberta.ca.

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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on July 21, 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.

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation by downloading the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple products. Check out the Alberta Wildfire Blog: blog.wildfire.alberta.ca. Y ou can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

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