About Alberta Wildfire
This blog is managed by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s Wildfire Management Branch. Its purpose is to highlight the great work of the people in the field who are delivering wildfire services to Albertans and to increase awareness about wildfire prevention.
Understanding safe fire practices is important because we all have a responsibility to take care of Alberta's forests. Having everyone involved helps to ensure that wildfire does not needlessly threaten our communities or environment. To accomplish this, we must all be aware of the dangers of wildfire. The wildfire prevention program is based on the principals of the three-E’s - Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
Latest Blog Posts
To work as a wildland firefighter in Canada you must complete a yearly fitness test called the WFX-Fit test. It’s a time-sensitive test created to assess your endurance and ability to carry heavy weights over difficult terrain. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the job, the test favours the tall and those of us who […]
The role of Wildfire Dispatcher is a diverse one! Dispatchers are responsible for taking appropriate actions to move, place or direct resources to a wildfire. Their goal is to ensure that wildfire situations are handled as efficiently and safely as possible. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has 60 dispatchers positioned across the province to move, place […]
Alberta Wildfire staff attended Canada Day celebrations all across the province this past weekend, from Canmore to Fort McMurray. Some of the events we attended include the Canada Day 150 celebration at the Rocky National Historic Site, the reopening of Fort McMurray’s Heritage Village and parades in Whitecourt, Grande Prairie, High Level and more. Scroll […]
Firefighters in the Field
This is Alex’s second wildfire season! Learn about his adventures in the Fort McMurray area.
I’m a Provincial Air Attack Officer with Alberta Wildfire. This is my 16th wildfire season!
I am a HAC leader in the Fort McMurray Forest Protection Area. I’m excited to fill you in on my summer adventures.
Hey! This is my third season as Wildfire Rappel member on the fireline. Follow along on my adventures this summer.
I’ll be acting as your dispatcher blogger for the next few months. I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on the happenings in the Edson radio room.
I’m in my second year with the Grande Prairie Unit Crew. I’m back for another wildfire season and am looking forward to sharing my experiences from the fireline.
I’m a 28-year-old First Nation member from Saddle Lake and I am working out of the Lac La Biche Forest Area. I started working in Firetack in 2012 and this will be my second year on a Helitack crew.
I will be spending my second summer at one of the 127 lookouts across the province. I am excited to be back for another wildfire season!
I’ve now been a member of the Edson Unit Crew for four years. I look forward to writing about my summer on the fireline for you!