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Edson Forest Area Fire Advisory

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Updated Jan 2, 2024


A fire advisory is now in effect in the Edson Forest Area due to warm, dry and windy conditions with no significant precipitation in the forecast. Exposed dry or dead grass and vegetation pose a serious risk. A wildfire can easily ignite and spread quickly under these conditions.
The wildfire danger is now listed as Moderate. For the full AB Wildfire update visit https://srd.web.alberta.ca/edson-area-update.
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is MODERATE. Above seasonal temperatures and the lack of precipitation for the past months have increased the risk of a wildfire in the forest area.
This means that a fire can easily ignite where there is exposed dead or dry vegetation.
A wildfire is likely to burn into the ground and smoulder for a long period of time. This is why it is important to fully extinguish any cooking or warming fires while recreating or hunting and to use extra caution if burning debris.
A wildfire could also burn quickly in dead or dry grass since there's no snow cover to prevent the spread. It would also have the potential to climb into the trees.
Wildland firefighters are on standby and ready to respond if a wildfire does start. We ask that if you see smoke or flame in the forest, report it to 310-FIRE.
Since January 1, 2023, there have been 88 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 234,558 ha. There are currently six active wildfires, all are classified as under control. Of the active wildfires, one is human-caused, four are caused by lightning and two remain under investigation.