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Grande Prairie wildfire danger now high

The recent warm and windy weather has again pushed up the wildfire danger in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. It’s now high, prompting a reminder from the province to get permits before doing any burning.

“If you have done burning on your land recently it’s a good idea to check your burn pile,” says Wildfire Information Officer Kelly Burke. “If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning beneath the surface. Drench any remaining hot spots with water and stir up the ashes.”

No permits for heavy fuel or non-essential burning are being issued at this time. So far this season there have been 35 wildfires in the local forest area that have burned 13 hectares.

Burke also warns that people in the Grande Prairie region can expect smoke in the air for the next couple of day. It is drifting into the area from wildfires in B.C.

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