Alberta’s wildfire season started March 1st, and already there are several Municipalities that have fire bans and fire restrictions. For up to date information on where fire bans, restrictions, and advisories are, please visit Alberta Fire Bans. The Wildfire Status Webpage has a map showing all the Alberta wildfires from this year, and has information on whether they’re out of control, being held, or under control. There’s also an app you can download to your phone; just search for Alberta Wildfire in the Play Store or the App Store.
You will need to apply for a free fire permit for any outdoor burning you do, (excluding campfires) no matter how small it is. For Wabasca area please call 1-780-891-3860; make sure to call a couple days in advance of when you wish to do the burning so the agents have time to come out and see what and where you want to burn to make sure it’s safe. A fire permit will stop a false alarm being raised for your burn, and will give ESRD a means to contact you if conditions change, for example if a fire ban is placed on the area, potentially stopping a wildfire from starting.
To prepare for wildfire season, you can do the following:
- Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
- Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
- Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
- Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
- Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Wildfire can spread to tree tops.
For more information on the Alberta wildfire season, please look through the Office of Fire Commissioner’s webpage.
Remember, if you see a wild fire, please call 310-FIRE (3473) immediately
Thank you for doing your part to protect your community from wildfires!