Wildfires

Wildfires are most common between March 1 and Oct. 31. Wildfires can affect communities in forested or grassland areas, including urban green spaces like ravines and parks.

If a fire is near, protect yourself and loved ones by following directions from authorities and be prepared to evacuate

Before a Wildfire

Protect Your Home & Belongings

  • Store passports, birth certificates, banking information and insurance papers in a safe place.
  • Learn FireSmart methods and share them with members of your community.
  • Remove items that can burn from within 1.5 metres (five feet) of your home, such as dried branches, leaves, lawn furniture, firewood and debris.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor and check them often.
  • Keep a sprinkler in an easy-to-access location.
  • Be careful when smoking outside, extinguish fire pits and burn barrels, and obey local fire bans.

During a Wildfire

  • If you’ve been directly impacted, make sure you are safe before assisting others. Check yourself and those around you for injuries; administer first aid, if needed, and call 9-1-1 if there are life-threatening injuries.
  • Listen to a local radio or television station for information.
  • Stay tuned to Sturgeon County’s news page & social media channels
  • Listen to instructions from authorities; you may be asked to evacuate or stay where you are.
  • Limit non-emergency phone calls to keep phone networks free for those who require emergency services. This also helps to save battery power if you are using a cell phone.
  • In some cases, authorities will give instructions on how to protect your home. They may ask you to shut off water, electricity or gas. Do not shut off your utilities unless directed to do so. Do not shut off electricity if water is present.

Evacuations

  • Evacuate with all household members, including pets.
  • Lock up your home and follow evacuation routes specified by authorities.
  • Drive carefully with headlights on, and make way for pedestrians and emergency vehicles.
  • Register at the reception centre, if applicable.
  • Let your out-of-town contact know what is happening in case you are separated from loved ones.

Get Life-Saving Alerts

Sturgeon County uses Alberta Emergency Alerts. This is Alberta’s emergency alerting system and broadcasts information over text message, television, radio and road signs. No sign-up is needed, but you are encouraged to download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play store, or text FollowAB_EmergAlert to 21212 to sign up for text notifications.

Related Links

Sturgeon County offices will be closed Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Offices will re-open Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

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