How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report a Wildfire

When it comes to fighting wildfires, timing is everything – the earlier we can get to a wildfire, the better. Prompt response can minimize losses and costs. To achieve this, the Wildfire Management Branch uses a variety of tools such as aerial detection, lookout observers, and lightning mapping systems to quickly detect wildfires. But we […]

Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice Makes Perfect!

After a long and cold winter, everyone on the Edson Unit Crew has been counting down the days to the start of the wildfire season. Generally, Unit Crews work on larger, sustained action fires. We are also tasked with a wide range of other duties though, including being used as an initial action resource on wildfires, […]

Return to Rappel

Return to Rappel

Can you feel the excitement? I can. We all love the winter. It’s a great chance for wildfire members to rejuvenate and energize after a long summer on the fireline, but eventually we all find ourselves longing for those days in the woods again. Every year the Alberta Wildfire Rappel program trains and re-certifies approximately […]

Firefighter in the Field

Firefighter in the Field

As if returning from a long hibernation, I pull into Grayling Firebase, just south of Fort McMurray.  It is April 3 and there is still snow on the ground, much more than there was in Toronto when I left four days earlier.  I am warmly met by some of my friends and colleagues who come […]

“Going In” – Getting Ready for Another Season as a Lookout

“Going In” – Getting Ready for Another Season as a Lookout

By: Trina For me, this year’s fire season started long before the first signs of spring appeared on the landscape, before the snow melted into the hillsides, the geese returned from the south, or the first crocus opened in the Peace Country. It began in the dead of winter, during a late February cold snap, […]