FireSmart work in sections of South and Southeast of County taking place October 31 to late-November 2017

Starting Tuesday, October 31, until late-November (weather permitting), contractors will begin FireSmart work on crown land in the area south and southeast of Grande Prairie. The FireSmart work involves burning approximately 24.4 hectares of dead and dying pine stands and debris.

Residents and businesses in the areas can expect to see and smell smoke over the duration of the project.

The work being completed is part of the County’s Wildfire Mitigation Strategy, a plan which aims to safely and effectively reduce and minimize the impacts caused by wildfires. This work will also reduce the fuel load in pine stands that were previously infested by the Mountain Pine Beetle.

Burning will be taking place on crown land in the following areas:

  • Northeast of Evergreen Park and south of the residential subdivisions of Pine Valley, Maple Grove and Taylor Estates
  • South of the residential subdivisions of Taylor Estates, Maple Ridge and Willowood Estates
  • South of Wedgewood in a section of the County Industrial Park off Highway 668 and Resources Road/Range Road 60A

This FireSmart project is being managed by the County and jointly funded by the County and the provincial government as part of the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) Grant Program and in partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (formerly Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development).

What is FireSmart?

FireSmart is living with and managing for wildfire on our landscape.

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. From homeowners, to industry and  government we all have responsibility to lessen the effects of wildfire.

Education of the public and private land owners on how to reduce their exposure to the risk of wildfire is an important part of FireSmart. The County has promoted FireSmart through a number of initiatives including workshops for residents, information booths at trade shows, wood chipping demonstrations, among others. The County also provides information on FireSmart through the County Connections newsletter, mail outs to residents, and news releases.

For more information about FireSmart in the County contact Fire Marshal Ken Atamanchuk at 780-532-9727.