Wildfire Update


Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - Nov. 30, 2017

By Shannon Stambaugh, Nov 30, 2017 10:00:39 AM



The wildfire hazard is low in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Please remember, safe burning practices are always in season. See below for tips on how to safely burn during the winter months.



From October 31 - February 28,  a fire permit is not required for burning within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Keep in mind, if you ignite a fire, and it causes a wildfire, you are responsible. 

Tips on how to prevent a wildfire while burning this winter:

Prepare the site

  • Choose a location that is on high ground and so that pile can be 25 metres or more away from structures and standing trees. Learn more about properly preparing a burn site here.
  • Surround the pile with a fireguard that is at least 15 metres wide - preferably bare mineral soil.
  • Ensure the pile is clean of dirt so it can burn cleanly and quickly. 

Report your site

  • Before deciding on the date range for your burn project, check the weather forecast. Look at wind speed, and the possibility of temperature inversions. These steps will help minimize the build-up of smoke during the burn, your neighbors will thank you for it.
  • Once you have decided on the start and end dates of burn, description of materials to be burnt and the legal land description, you are ready to notify us.
  • Call the Whitecourt Forest Area at: 780-778-7272.

Control the site

  • Have someone on site monitoring the burn the entire time - if it escapes, immediately report it to the local Whitecourt Forest Area Office: 780-778-7272. 
  • Have adequate tools, water and equipment on site when burning. If you require advice on this, call the Whitecourt Forest Area Office.
  • Only burn what you can control with the equipment, people and weather conditions you have available.

Check the site

  • Spread out the remaining material within the pile.
  • Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile - it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the coming weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

 Learn more here.



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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry offers a variety of seasonal job opportunities to support the management of forest and wildfire resources. Positions range from working as a wildland firefighter on the fireline to supporting wildfire prevention efforts. Explore the employment opportunities!



Application deadline is November 30, 2017. 


From April 1 - Nov. 30, 2017, the Whitecourt Forest Area has had 29 wildfires that burned 11.44 hectares in the Forest Area. 

The number of wildfires and area burnt are both below the five year average for our Forest Area. Lower numbers are due to a wet spring, and from the help our firefighters received from people working and enjoying the forest, who took the time to prevent or report wildfires.

On behalf of local wildland firefighters, thank you to all of those who called 310-FIRE (3473), or took the time to prevent a wildfire, you have made a difference!

Throughout the winter months, Alberta Wildfire will continue to monitor and respond to any wildfires. If you see a wildfire in the forest, report it at 310-FIRE (3473).

For information current wildfires across the province of Alberta, visit the wildfire status map.


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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 December 20, 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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