Wildfire Update



Wildfire Season Starts Today - March 1, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Mar 1, 2018 9:11:08 AM



WILDFIRE SITUATION | March 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area

There are no wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been 29 wildfires that have burned 11.44 hectares in the Forest Area.

Province of Alberta

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



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

Please call the Whitecourt Forest Area office one week before you need a fire permit.
Call: 780-778-7272.

Prevent spring wildfires by going back now and checking any of your winter burn sites to ensure they are completely extinguished. Here are some tips on how to check a winter burn site:

    • 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 not out until there is absolutely no heat coming from the debris. Learn more about safe winter burning practices and brush pile and windrow burning.


FOX CREEK 2018 FIRESMART PROJECT | Feb. 2, 2018 - early March 2018

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be conducting FireSmart treatments 0.25 kilometers southeast of the town of Fox Creek, on the southside of Highway 43.

The project will including: thinning, pruning, mulching of dead, downed tress and shrubs, and debris removal. The overall goal is to help reduce the risk of wildfire to the town of Fox Creek. Learn more about the project.

Image: Map of the 2018 Fox Creek FireSmart project. More details.

Expect smoke from debris disposal to be seen from Highway 43 and nearby roads. Burning of the debris will not pose a hazard to the community and will be done in a way to minimize smoke. 

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day | May 5, 2018. 

In collaboration with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, FireSmart Canada is presenting the fourth annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5.

Accomplish something great, become FireSmart! Organize neighbours, friends or a community group and participate in a project to reduce the risk of wildfire.

Applications are accepted until March 9, 2018.

Project ideas

Eligibility rules

Learn more about firesmartcanada.ca.


To get wildfire information anytime, any place, download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Android or Apple products. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on March 15, 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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