The wildfire season begins March 1 and the province is warning Albertans to be extra careful to help prevent wildfires in forested areas.
More than 60 per cent of the wildfires last year were caused by human activity. Last year, 1,338 wildfires burned more than 611,000 hectares, including the Horse River wildfire that spread into Fort McMurray.
Special caution should be taken with fireworks and campfires, which started 17 wildfires in the Hinton area alone last year.
The start of the fire season means permits are required for any burning, outside of campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
Permits are free at your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office.