The wildfire danger level in the Grande Prairie Forest Area has been raised very high. Alberta Wildlife officials say dry and windy weather has increased the wildfire danger level, with conditions making it ideal for fires to start and spread rapidly.
A fire advisory is also in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area, which means all fire permits are suspended with the exception of current burn barrel, incinerators, smudges and smoke house permits. New fire permits will not be issued until conditions improve.
What is allowed during a fire advisory also includes safe wood campfires, backyard firepits, gas and propane stoves and barbeques, and infrared style heaters.
Alberta Wildfire is also warning residents that smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia, N.W.T and northern Alberta will continue to drift into the region for the next few days. You can get updated wildfire smoke forecasts here.
Since the start of wildfire season on March 1st, 79 wildfires have burned over 105 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area.