Wildfire Update



Two New Wildfires in the Last 24 Hours - Whitecourt Forest Area - June 22, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Jun 22, 2018 2:58:28 PM



Widespread rain has reduced the wildfire danger to moderate for the Whitecourt Forest Area. Even though the danger is moderate, it is still important to be mindful of preventing wildfires when out working or enjoying the forested areas. For example, please ensure you have a permit for any burning (except campfires), within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, and take the time to properly extinguish all burn sites, including campfires. 

Thunderstorms producing lightning are forecast to continue today and on Saturday; with warm, dry conditions returning Sunday. If you see smoke in the forest, report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Image: Showers passing through the Whitecourt Forest Area.

WILDFIRE SITUATION | June 22, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area
  • In the last 24 hours, there have been two wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Firefighters responded quickly to both, extinguishing one, and bringing the other under control at 0.01 hectares in size, no communities or structures are threatened. Firefighters will continue to monitor the wildfire until it is completely extinguished. 
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 41 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 11.83 hectares.

Province of Alberta

  • There are 42 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 14 are being held, 20 are under control, and 8 have been turned over to the responsible parties. Learn more about wildfire status definitions.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 661 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 30,331.57 hectares. More information can be found at wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.


  • Never leave your campfire unattended, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. Learn more.
  • Clean your off-highway vehicle before, during and after your ride. Learn more.


Before you go camping, or using 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.


Free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 

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


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.


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FireSmart is living with and managing for wildfire on our landscape. Find out more about FireSmart through the printable homeowners manual and assessment guide, or at firesmartcanada.ca.



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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be June 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.


Shannon Stambaugh

Wildfire Information Officer

Phone: 780.706.5336
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