You Can Help Prevent Wildfires

August 18, 2014
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At this time of the year, the risk of wildfires is very-high throughout Kananaskis Country. Prior to recreating or starting a small camp fire check on the current status, visit:

  • This summer has hit us full on with warmer than usual temperatures and with an increase in visitors to our area has a potential for a higher risk of a human caused wildfires.
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate permission to install and use a firepit and the area has a perimeter of safety around it.
  • Remove all combustible materials from the surrounding area including twigs and leaves. .
  • Prior to starting your fire check the wind conditions. Fires can escape easily if a wind picks up
  • It is unlawful to collect and burn deadfall from the forest
  • Do not burn grass, paper or yard waste without a burn permit from ESRD
  • Ensure you have water close to hand when you start your fire, just in case.
  • Be certain your campfire is completely extinguished before you go to bed or leave the area. Pour water on the fire and douse the site thoroughly. Stir the campfire until there are no embers and the ashes are cold to the touch.
  • Soak it, Stir the embers and Soak it again.

To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (3473) toll-free from anywhere in Alberta.