Edson Forest Area Wildfire UpdatePosted on
July 21, 2023
Some GREAT news as we head into the weekend! Fire EWF031 (south of Edson) is now classified as UNDER CONTROL.
For the full update go to https://srd.web.alberta.ca/edson-area-update.
- EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE –
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is MODERATE today. This means that fire can ignite but would have difficulty spreading to deeper vegetation layers or larger fuels, such as trees. Creeping ground fires would not travel very fast as the grass is green and there's sufficient moisture in the fine fuels. You can view the provincial wildfire danger map and learn more about how to interpret fire danger by visiting https://www.alberta.ca/wildfire-predictive-services.aspx.
Since January 1, 2023, there have been 74 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 234,458 ha. The last recorded wildfire in the area was on July 20. A small lightning caused wildfire was responded to quickly by a helitack crew and is now under control at 0.15 ha.
EDSON FOREST AREA | PEMBINA WILDFIRE COMPLEX | EWF031, EWF039
THE ENTIRE PEMBINA COMPLEX IS NOW CLASSIFIED AS UNDER CONTROL.
We want to thank both wildland and structural firefighters, incident management team members, support staff, heavy equipment operators, aircraft personnel, contractors, volunteers and residents for their dedication and hard work.
We are also grateful to their families, friends and those who supported them while they were away from home for long periods of time. We also appreciate the understanding and support from the public and residents. Our communities were excellent hosts to the many national and international firefighters that came to our aide.
A special thanks to all the town and municipal partners who worked in unison with us for the past 11 weeks.
EWF031 was detected on May 4 and is estimated to be 201,913 ha in size. It is now classified as under control which means that firefighters have this fire fully contained and it is not expected to grow.