Gusting winds have forced Wildfire officials to bump the Wildfire Hazard in the Grande Prairie Forest Management Area to ‘very high’.
“The wind that we’ve had the last few days, it does contribute significantly to increasing that hazard when it’s gusting like this. If we were to have a fire start with those winds it will get carried quite quickly. The other thing that we experience this time of year as well is the grass is beginning to cure, and we’re beginning to see big chunks of cured grass,” explained Melinda Paplawski, Wildfire Information Officer for the Grande Prairie Forest Management Area.
Paplawski adds those who are travelling over Labour Day weekend should double check to see if the area they are staying in have fire bans in effect before starting one.
“If people are heading south, there are still fire bans in effect. The best thing to do if they are going to be heading a little ways away this weekend, is to check albertafirebans.ca because there are fire and off-highway vehicle restrictions in several areas to the south.”
There are no active wildfires in the Grande Prairie region. There is a wildfire burning south of the Kakwa area, but is located within the Edson Forest Management Area.
There have been 44 wildfires in the Grande Prairie region this wildfire season, burning a total of 7.45 hectares of land.
To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE.