The recent warm, dry and windy weather has prompted the province to increase the wildfire hazard in the Grande Prairie region to moderate. Crews have responded to one fire so far this month, bringing the total this season to 70. 136.79 hectares have been burned.
As it’s officially hunting season, hunters are reminded to properly extinguish their warming and cooking fires. Any embers left can burn deep into the ground over the winter and spark a blaze in the spring.
Anyone out in the wilderness is also reminded to properly clean off their ATV exhausts, as debris near the exhaust can smoulder and potentially start a wildfire when it drops onto dry grass.