Wildfire Update



Very High Wildfire Danger - Whitecourt Forest Area - July 17, 2018

By Shannon Stambaugh, Jul 17, 2018 10:44:29 AM



Today, dry, windy weather is mixing with the high probability of lightning, to create a very high wildfire danger in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Until there is enough rain on the ground, the wildfire danger will continue to climb.

Under the current conditions, a wildfire will start easily and spread quickly; please take the time to prevent wildfires.


Image: Looking up at an observation tower. All firefighters, helicopters and heavy equipment are ready to take action on new wildfires. You can do your part by reporting smoke in the forest, call 310-FIRE (3473).

WILDFIRE SITUATION | July 17, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

Whitecourt Forest Area

  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 47 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 12.32 hectares.

Province of Alberta

  • There are 17 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
    • Current wildfire statuswildfires are being held, 10 are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 929 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area; with a total area burnt of 45,935.53 hectares.

For more information on wildfires across the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.


  • Clean your off-highway vehicle before, during and after your ride. Learn more.
  • Whenever possible, use a fire receptacle in campgrounds or recreation areas; they are built to help prevent a fire from spreading. If a receptacle is not available, there are campfire tips to prevent a wildfire. When having a campfire, never leave it unattended, and when finished, soak it, stir it, and soak it again. Learn more.

Safe campfire

Before you go camping, or taking 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. 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 about violation tickets for burning without a permit.


FireSmart is living with, and managing for wildfire on our landscape. Did you know a watered lawn is FireSmart? Learn more today at firesmartcanada.ca.


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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be July 18, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. 



Shannon Stamabugh

Wildfire Information Officer

Phone: 780.706.5336

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