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Fire Ban in Effect. Off-Highway Vehicle Use Restricted. | Whitecourt Forest Area - 12:00

By Shannon Stambaugh, May 25, 2018 12:37:59 PM

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Due to the extreme fire hazard in northern Alberta, a Fire Ban has been declared. All existing Fire Permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued until conditions improve.

As of May 25, 2018 at 12:00, a Fire Ban and OHV restriction are in effect for the northeast portion of Whitecourt Forest Area, see the MAP. The restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Under the Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction

  • All fire permits are suspended and new fire permits will not be issued until conditions improve

Prohibited

  • All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits
  • Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets
  • The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands

Allowed

  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating
  • Catalytic or infrared style heaters 

Please note: the Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction does not apply to towns, villages or summer villages embedded in the Forest Protection Area, residents can checkAlbertafirebans.ca, or the Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices for local advisories, restrictions or bans.

The rest of the forest area remains under a Fire Advisory.


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Fire Advisory issued on May 14, 2018, remains in place for the rest of the Whitecourt Forest Area until conditions improve, see a MAPThe advisory is due to persistent dry weather, and the dry grass wildfire hazard. Dry grass provides fuel for fast moving wildfires.

Under the Advisory

  • All fire permits are suspended and new fire permits will not be issued until conditions improve

Prohibited

  • Any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area.
  • All fire permits (except burn barrels) are now suspended.

Allowed

  • Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • Permitted burn barrels. 

Please note: the Fire Advisory does not apply to towns, villages or summer villages embedded in the Forest Protection Area, residents can checkAlbertafirebans.ca, or the Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices for local advisories, restrictions or bans.


WILDFIRE SITUATION | May 25, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
Whitecourt Forest Area
  •  There is one wildfire in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Wildfire 24 is 0.01 hectares in size and is located 16 km SE of Swan Hills, E of highway 33. This wildfire is being held meaning that it is not anticipated to grow past its current boundary. 10 firefighters and two helicopters are working to extinguish the wildfire. 
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 24 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 10.22 hectares.

Province of Alberta

  • There are 34 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 7 wildfires are out of control, 6 being held, 18 are under control, and 3 have been turned over to the responsible party. Learn more about wildfire status definitions.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 496 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 13,354.55 hectares.

For information on the current wildfire situation in the province   of Alberta, visit  wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


WILDFIRE PREVENTION

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

ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION

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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be at 10:30 a.m. on May 26, 2018.

 

Travis Fairweather

Wildfire Information Officer

Phone: 780.686.4637
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