Prevention

Wildfire prevention is a responsibility we all share and it is important to understand safe fire practices so that everyone can enjoy Alberta's forests.

Wildfire is not an individual agency's concern – it is a community concern that requires everyone to become involved in solutions.

Everyone's involvement ensures that wildfire does not needlessly threaten our environment. To accomplish this, individuals need to be aware of the dangers of wildfire to themselves and their community.

To reduce the number of human-caused wildfires, Alberta's Forestry Division has an extensive wildfire prevention program that targets:

  • Communities
  • Industry
  • Other Stakeholders
  • Property Owners
  • The General Public

Alberta Wildfire takes several approaches to wildfire prevention known as the three "E"s: education, engineering and enforcement.

These three principles have an important role in reaching out to everyone to ensure that they understand the message being conveyed. Each category has several guiding principles with the general message that all prevention programs need to capture the public's interest.

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Educating and communicating with stakeholders, industry, and communities is critical in developing and delivering wildfire prevention programs. Alberta Wildfire uses tools such as school talks, forest walks, trade shows, social media and in-person patrols to reach Albertans with prevention messaging. Each year, the majority of wildfires are human-caused and entirely preventable. Through education and by sharing messaging and education about wildfire prevention, we can reduce the number of human-caused wildfires.

Wildfire Prevention Engineering describes the physical modification of the environment to reduce wildfire risk or to lessen the impact of wildfire incidents. Vegetation management is one of the principles of FireSmart and can be accomplished in one of three ways: fuel removal, fuel reduction and fuel conversion. Prescribed fire and controlled burning are also ways to reduce the impact of wildfire on a specific area.

Compliance and enforcement involves the application of legislation and law to fire prevention. The Forest and Prairie Protection Act (FPPA) and its regulations include many compliance tools such as requirements for safe campfires, fire permits, and fire prevention directions for industry. The Act and its regulations authorize actions under the fire ban system, provide for cost recovery and allow for fire control agreements. Another important function of the compliance and enforcement program is to investigate and determine the cause of all wildfires. If a wildfire is found to have been caused by human activity, the compliance and enforcement goal is to understand the circumstances of the incident to better prevent wildfires in the future.

Interested applicants can apply through the GOA jobs board. For job specific questions please use the contact information below.

Updated: Dec 17, 2020


Updated: May 20, 2022