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A helicopter bucketing a forest fire in the Okanagan Valley British Columbia

Helping those affected by B.C. wildfires

Reading Time: < 1 minute Our thoughts are with those impacted by the devastating wildfires in British Columbia. We know how much producers care about their cattle and how hard it is to see them in distress. Alberta Beef Producers is calling on cattle producers in our province to help support our neighbouring producers in any way we can. The […] Read more

The 2017 fire season has begun

The 2017 fire season has begun

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […] Read more


Identify fire risks and take steps to protect your farm or ranch

Identify fire risks and take steps to protect your farm or ranch

There are a number of things that can — and should — be done to minimize the impact of fire

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are several things you can do to minimize the impact of fire. “In a lot of cases, it’s like a risk management process,” said Brad Andres, director of emergency management services with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Ask yourself about on-farm safety and identify the risks that could really affect your operation.” Being prepared with […] Read more

Glacier Media contributes $50,000 to fire relief fund

An online crowdfunding campaign has also been launched to raise money for Red Cross relief efforts

Reading Time: < 1 minute Glacier Media, the parent company of Alberta Farmer, is donating $50,000 toward the Canadian Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the Fort McMurray area. The Vancouver company said its donation is also on behalf of individual Glacier business units, which will undertake their own awareness and fundraising efforts to help the city and its residents […] Read more



Protection measures in place for wildfire season

Protection measures in place for wildfire season

A permit will be required for all planned fires in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s wildfire season officially starts March 1, bringing into effect annual restrictions on burning activities. A permit will be required for all planned fires in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, with the exception of campfires. “By beginning one month early, we can more effectively monitor burning activities and also ensure that our firefighters are well prepared […] Read more


Alberta had a busy season for wildfires

Alberta had a busy season for wildfires

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta’s wildland firefighters had one of their busiest wildfire seasons on record, combating more than 1,786 fires that burned 492,000 hectares. That was the third-highest number of fires in the past 25 years. The busy season saw 2,904 Albertans hired as emergency firefighters, with 1,128 additional firefighters and various aircraft brought in from Eastern and […] Read more