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Wildfire season starts one week early in Grande Prairie Forest Area

Wildfire season across Alberta is starting early in 2024, kicking off on February 20th.

Current drought conditions across the province are being cited as a cause for the early start. According to the Wildfire Information Officer, Kelly Burke this could lead to a possible increase in wildfire danger if there is no “significant rain in the spring.” Adding anyone who may have had burning projects over the winter month should go back and check to make sure they are fully extinguished.

During the 2023 wildfire season, 1,750,867 hectares of land were burned by wildfires across the province.

As of February 20th in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, there are eight active wildfires burning, with six of them reportedly being carryovers from last year. All eight wildfires are listed as under control and are being monitored.

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During wildfire season any sort of burning, whether it be residential, industrial or agricultural will require a burning permit in the region. However residents are being reminded if a fire ban is put in place, all permits are suspended.

Anyone who spots a wildfire can report it by calling 310-FIRE.

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