Regional Emergency Services (RES) crews are beginning burn abatement work throughout the region as part of their annual efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire in the region.
Controlled burns are conducted by trained RES staff every spring to burn the dead and dry fuels that accumulate throughout the winter months. Controlled burns improve and promote the growth of new vegetation while safely and effectively managing the wildfire hazard.
Fire and smoke will be visible during the controlled burns and this may cause concern or unexpected emotional triggers for some residents. This is a normal reaction and there are resources available at rmwb.ca/support.
If you live in an area near where controlled burns are taking place, keep your windows and doors closed.
Residents are reminded to avoid the areas where RES is conducting controlled burns to allow crews to safely conduct their work. Never attempt a controlled burn on your own. This work can only be done by trained professionals.
A tentative schedule is being released by RES to help prepare residents for when and where these controlled burns are taking place. Please note these dates are subject to change based on weather conditions and necessary safety measures.
Wednesday, April 12: Real Martin Drive behind the ESSO on both sides of the road
Thursday, April 13: the creek between Wood Buffalo Way and Tundra Drive
Monday, April 17: the creek between Wood Buffalo Way and Tundra Drive
Tuesday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 19: Fontaine Avenue and Prairie Loop Boulevard
Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21: Silin Forest Road walking path
Additional information and reminders will be issued through our Facebook Page and our Twitter Page.
For more information about the controlled burns or other fire prevention work under way in the region, visit rmwb.ca/fireprevention. For more information about the upcoming wildfire season, visit rmwb.ca/wildfireseason.
Questions about controlled burns and about mental health resources should be directed to the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000 or to email@example.com.