Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt - April 16, 2020
The Town of Whitecourt continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic across Alberta, and has been adjusting operations to meet the changing needs of our community.
Provincial Fire Ban
On April 15, 2020, the Government of Alberta implemented a fire ban in the Forest Protection Area, provincial parks and protected areas across the province. Last year 71% of wildfires were human caused, and the Province has stated that introducing a fire ban at this time is expected to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, allowing resources to be focussed where they are most needed. For more information on fire bans throughout the province please visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
The Town of Whitecourt is not included in the provincial fire ban, and residents can continue to use permitted fire pits within corporate limits at this time. The Town of Whitecourt will continue to monitor the fire situation in the region, and will notify the community of any changes.
Residents are reminded that the Town of Whitecourt requires permits for all residential fire pits and for temporary burning, and the Whitecourt Fire Department continues to process permit applications at this time. Application forms can be found on Whitecourt’s website, and completed forms with a cheque payment can be dropped off at the Town Office through the drop box during office hours. A staff member will then follow-up on your application via telephone.
A ban on recreational Off Highway Vehicles (ex. snowmobile, quad) also came into effect on Crown land in the Forest Protection Area, which includes Woodlands County. Residents are reminded that the Town’s Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Bylaw prohibits OHV use within Town boundaries between April 1 and November 30.
COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: