Wildfire Update

 

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Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - Aug. 18, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Aug 18, 2018 11:06:26 AM

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WILDFIRE DANGER

Due to windy conditions the wildfire danger is high in the Whitecourt Forest Area; meaning a wildfire can start easily and spread quickly. Please take the time to prevent a wildfire. 


SMOKE IN THE AIR

Smoke continues to drift into the forest area from wildfires burning in British Columbia. See the most current smoke forecast at firesmoke.ca.

If you are experiencing health concerns related to the inhalation of smoke from wildfire, visit Alberta Health Link,or dial 811 for 24 hour health advice.


HELP PREVENT WILDFIRE

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  • Campfire tips include never leaving the fire unattended, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. An abandoned campfire can lead to fines, learn more.

Safe campfire

Before you go camping, or taking a vehicle off-road, find out about fire advisories, restrictions, bans, and off-highway vehicle restrictions at Albertafirebans.ca, or on the Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices. 


FIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

Free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Permits help firefighters know where planned burning is taking place, leaving them ready to respond to new wildfires.

If you need a fire permit in the Whitecourt Forest Area, call 780-778-7272.

 FIREPERMIT

If you burn without a permit, or outside of the permit conditions, your fire is a wildfire. Learn about violation tickets for burning without a permit.


WILDFIRE SITUATION (1000hrs)

Whitecourt Forest Area

  • There are wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 51 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 13.99 hectares.

Province of Alberta

  • There are 18 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
    • Current wildfire status: 6 are Being Held (BH), 9 are Under Control (UC), and 3 have been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,135 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 52,545.98 hectares.

For more information, visit the Alberta Wildfire status map.


ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION

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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be August 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. 

 

Shannon Stambaugh

Wildfire Information Officer

Phone: 780.706.5336

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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