Wildfire season begins in Alberta March 1
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is reminding Albertans March 1 is the beginning of wildfire season.
“Protecting Albertans from the threat of wildfire is one of our highest priorities. That’s why we legislated March 1 as the start of fire season, recognizing that recent trends show wildfires are starting earlier in the spring. The wildfire that burned into Fort McMurray last year serves as a reminder of how important it is for us to be ready to respond to wildfires at a moment’s notice,” said Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier.
Last year, 1,338 wildfires burned more than 611,000 hectares, including the Horse River wildfire that spread into Fort McMurray. The new Forest and Prairie Protection Act increases penalties for abandoning campfires or burning during fire bans. It also improves the government’s ability to restrict higher-risk activities, such as fireworks and incendiary targets during hazardous fire conditions.
With the start of fire season, permits will be required for any burning, outside of campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Fire permits are free and can be obtained by contacting your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office. Phone toll-free 3100000 to locate your nearest office.
To learn about what more you can do to prevent wildfires, go to the Alberta Wildfire webpage or download the Alberta wildfire mobile app for Android and Apple devices.