Due to recent precipitation, the Town of Whitecourt lifted the Fire Ban as of 10:00am on Friday, May 26. A Fire Ban was in place within Town limits since May 1, 2023 due to the extreme fire hazard.
Although the Fire Ban has been lifted, residents should remain diligent and aware of potential fire risks. Residents are reminded that the Town of Whitecourt requires permits for all residential fire pits and temporary burning. For more information on fire pit and burning permits visit www.whitecourt.ca.
The operation of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) within the Town of Whitecourt is governed under Off Highway Vehicle Bylaw 1138, and OHV use within Town boundaries is prohibited between April 1 and November 30 annually. Penalties for contravening Bylaw 1138 range from monetary fines to OHV seizure.
As of this morning at 10:00am the Whitecourt Forest Area is no longer under a Fire Ban and OHV restriction. The Government of Alberta is however maintaining a Fire Restriction due to the fire hazard and current wildfire situation. For details on the restriction that is in effect in areas immediately surrounding Whitecourt, and bans in place throughout Alberta, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.