Safe burning practices are always in season

Safe burning practices are always in season

Now that the fire season is over, Albertans no longer require a fire permit for burning within the Forest Protection Area. Even though fire season is over, safe burning practices are always in season. The risk of a wildfire doesn’t end when wildfire season does – any time there is a fire on the land, there is […]

Firefighters in the Field: Highs and Lows at Bull Frog Lake

Firefighters in the Field: Highs and Lows at Bull Frog Lake

For those of you who read my last blog post, you may remember that we were just about to head off to Ontario to assist with their wildfire situation. Our crew was feeling excited and a little nervous (not knowing what to expect), but honored to join nine other Alberta Helitack crews on the journey […]

Firefighters in the Field – A Flap of Wildfires

Firefighters in the Field – A Flap of Wildfires

It is an inevitable and recurring event that comes about infrequently. An event brought on by the development of natural weather occurrences in a solution of highly combustible wildfire probability. The end result culminates in a frenzy of helicopters, airtankers, ground personnel, and endless radio traffic in the age-old pugilism match of humans vs wildfires. […]

For the Love of Wild Bees

For the Love of Wild Bees

Lookout Observers Participate in Alberta Native Bee Study By Trina Moyles Lookout observers are the eyes and ears of the forests in Alberta. Not only do we observe the weather and horizon for hints of smoke, but we also have the unique opportunity to help gather wildlife data for researchers. This summer, myself, along with […]

Firefighters in the Field: Shipping Out to Ontario

Firefighters in the Field: Shipping Out to Ontario

In my last blog I touched on a lot of the reasons why I have the best job in the world, and although that is definitely still true, there are some tough days out on the fireline as well. I’m finally feeling rejuvenated after what felt like a very long, albeit awesome shift. My crew […]