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End of Wildfire Season - Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - Nov. 1, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Nov 1, 2018 9:59:55 AM

 

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WILDFIRE DANGER
 

Snow and cool temperatures combine to create a low wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

Snow and cold temperatures will not put out a fire. In fact, a fire that isn't properly extinguished can move underground and smoulder until spring, when it comes alive as a wildfire. Safe burning practices are always in season.

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WHITECOURT FOREST AREA YEAR IN REVIEW

Oct. 31, 2018 marked the end of the 2018 Wildfire Season, this year we had a total of 54 wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area; with a total area burnt of 14.02 hectares. We were below the five year average of 66 wildfires and 184 hectares burnt.

Locally, it was a unique wildfire season, although we had many wildfires, the amount of hectares burnt was minimal.and we want to thank all of you for helping make it a success. 

In May, it was hot and dry, you helped firefighters by complying with the Fire Ban and Of-highway Vehicle (OHV) Restriction.

During the summer, it was smokey, yet you still were calling 310-FIRE to report wildfires, allowing firefighter to quickly take action, and keeping the number of hectares burnt low.  

What's next? Firefighters are preparing for the next wildfire season, and will remain on duty to respond to any wildfires that happen. We recommend that fall and winter are great times to make sure your home and property are FireSmart for the 2019 Wildfire Season, call your local municipality to find out what you can do.

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End of Season 2018

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Find information about current wildfires across the Forest Protection Area of Alberta by checking the status map.


 

SAFE BURNING IS ALWAYS IN SEASON

From October 31 - February 28, a fire permit is no longer needed to burn within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Please remember that if you ignite a fire, you are still responsible if it causes a wildfire. Below are some tips on how to prevent a wildfire while burning outside of the wildfire season.

Prepare the site:

  • Choose a location that is on high ground and so that pile can be 25 metres or more away from structures and standing trees. Learn more about properly preparing a burn site here.
  • Surround the pile with a fireguard that is at least 15 metres wide - preferably bare mineral soil.
  • Ensure the pile is clean of dirt so it can burn cleanly and quickly. 

Report your site:

  • Prior to burning, notify the Whiteocurt Forest Area of your burn site. 
  • Have ready your start and end dates of burn, description of materials to be burnt and the legal land description.
  • Call: 780-778-7272.

Safe burning practices:

  • Have someone on site monitoring the burn the entire time - if it escapes, immediately report it to the local Whitecourt Forest Area Office: 780-778-7272. 
  • Have adequate tools, water and equipment on site when burning. If you require advice on this, call the Whitecourt Forest Area Office.
  • Only burn what you can control with the equipment, people and weather conditions you have available.

After you burn:

  • Spread out the remaining material within the pile.
  • Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile - it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the coming weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

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Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update - Oct. 12, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Oct 12, 2018 12:17:25 PM

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WILDFIRE DANGER
 

Cooler temperatures create a low wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Although it is harder for a wildfire to start, it is always important to take the time to prevent a wildfire.


FIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

Until October 31, 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.

If you burn without a permit, or outside of the permit conditions, your fire is a wildfire. Learn more.


WILDFIRE SITUATION (1000hrs)

Whitecourt Forest Area (as of Oct. 5, 2018)

  • There are wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 52 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 14.00 hectares.
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Find out more information on wildfires across the Forest Protection Area  of Alberta on the   Alberta Wildfire status map.


HELP PREVENT WILDFIRE

Campfires and off-highway vehicles can start wildfires, follow these tips to reduce the risk:

  • Always monitor the fire so it doesn't escape, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. Click here for more campfire safety tips. Please be aware, abandoning a campfire can lead to fines, learn more.

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