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Wildfire Management

Athabasca County works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (Forestry Division, Wildfire Management) to manage wildfire risk in the County and has implemented the following wildfire prevention initiatives:

  • Signed Mutual Aid Agreements with neighbouring municipalities, industrial fire departments (where available), and ESRD;
  • Included ESRD in its Municipal Emergency Plan;
  • Implemented a fire permit program according to ESRD’s Fire Permit Guidelines Manual. The goal of the fire permit program is to ensure that residents and businesses obtain permission from municipal officials before “controlled burning” is allowed;
  • Implemented a wildfire awareness program (e.g. FireSmart) which encourages residents to take mitigative steps to protect their homes and property from the threat of wildfire;
  • Ensured that one or more senior personnel from the municipal fire department has taken wildfire management courses approved by the local ESRD Wildfire Protection Area manager; and
  • Implemented a proactive ground infrared scanning program for detection and subsequent follow-up or actioning of hold-over winter burning.

For more information on the province’s wildfire management programs visit the Alberta Wildfire webpage by clicking on the link below: