Wildfire Update

 

Whitecourt Area Update

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WILDFIRE DANGER

Cold, snowy conditions keep the wildfire danger at low in theWhitecourt Forest Area.

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WILDFIRE SITUATION | April 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area

Since March 1, 2018 there have been zero wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

Province of Alberta

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded20 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of2.12 hectares.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visitwildfirestatus.alberta.ca


FIRE PERMITS ARE NOW REQUIRED

Free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within theForest Protection Areaof Alberta. 

If you need a fire permit in the Whitecourt Forest Area, call:

780-778-7272

Please call at least one week before you need a fire permit. Have ready the: legal land location, planned start date, and a daytime phone number.

Fire permits allow firefighters to track burning across the landscape. By getting a fire permit you are ensuring our firefighters are free to fight real wildfires, instead of responding to your planned burn.

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


 WILDFIRE PREVENTION PRESENTATION - NOW AVAILABLE FOR OIL & GAS COMPANIES

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Have a member of Alberta Wildfire go to your workplace and present on wildfire prevention for oil & gas companies. For more information, or to schedule a presentation, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn more about the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and associated regulations at: http://wildfire.alberta.ca/enforcement/fppa.aspx


 

PREVENTING A SPRING WILDFIRE IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

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With the ground still frozen and snow covered, now is the time to prevent spring wildfires. Please take the time to check your fall and/or winter burn site(s), to ensure the site is completely extinguishmed. Here are some tips on how to check fall and winter burn sites:

    • Stir it.  Start by spreading out the debris within the pile using a metal probe, or if necessary, heavy equipment. Dig down into the soil to make sure the fire hasn’t burnt down in the roots system. Feel for hotspots with your bare hand while looking for steam or smoke.
    • Soak it. Using water or snow, soak the area to extinguish the hotspots. When a hotspot is fully extinguished it will be cool to a bare hand's touch.
    • Stir it again. One last time, roll the debris over and again, using your bare hand, feel for heat while looking for steam.

A fire is considered completely extinguished when there is absolutely no heat coming from the debris and ground beneath it. Learn more about extinguishing brush pile and windrows.


ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION

To get wildfire information anytime, any place, visitwildfirestatus.alberta.ca; or join the conversation on Facebook,Twitter orInstagram

 
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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on April 20, 2018.
 
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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