Alberta Wildfire is reminding residents to get a fire permit before conducting burns in the Forest Protection Area as wildfire season begins today, and lasts until Oct. 31.
The risk of wildfires are increasing due to changing climate and increased human activity in forests.
Fire permits are free and required during wildfire season for all burns, except campfires, in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area. Fire guardians outline where to locate the burn, what time of day or wind speeds are acceptable to conduct the burn, the deadline for extinguishing the fire and other requirements.
Last fire season, 1,288 wildfires burned more than 59,800 hectares in Alberta, while more than 60 per cent (777) of these wildfires were human-caused.
Wildfires can be reported toll-free at 310-FIRE (3473).