It’s getting crispier in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. The wildfire hazard has risen to very high.
“Exercise extreme caution in forested areas as warm temperatures and high gusty winds over the next 24 hours will create conditions that are favorable for wildfire ignition and spread,” says Wildfire Information Officer Kelly Burke. “Call 310-FIRE if you see smoke.”
Burke says smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia continues to drift into the area. More is expected for the next couple of days as multiple wildfires are burning within Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.
Fire advisories remain in place for the forest area and County of Grande Prairie. No new fire permits will be issued for heavy fuel or non-essential burning.
“Every precaution is needed to ensure no new wildfires are started,” explains Burke, “placing additional strain on the province’s firefighting resources.”
Existing fire permits are still valid, as long as conditions are followed.