Wildfire season triggers important message from Leduc Fire

Friday, March 8, 2019

With more than 1,100 wildfires that burned across the province in 2017, City of Leduc Fire Services looks to share vital information to support citizens in proactive measures to prevent wildfire in the Leduc region.

“We’re fanning the flame of public education to let people know the risks and the importance of being prepared when faced with a wildfire in our region,” says Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Kelly with Leduc Fire Services. “March 1 is the official launch of wildfire season in Alberta and there no better time than now to learn how to protect your property.”

Through the Alberta fire commissioner’s office, here are a few actions that will help reduce the risk of wildfire:

  • Dispose of yard debris and lawn clippings. They act as a fuel for any ground fire.
  • Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This will prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck/porch and within 10 ft. of your home.
  • Residents near parks and treed areas need to be diligent with combustible materials in and around their yards close to their dwellings.
  • Remove flammable materials within 10 ft. (urban) or 30 ft. (rural) of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. Things like wood piles and propane tanks can catch fire and easily spread.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 – 10 ft. from the ground.

“Wildfire prevention is everyone’s duty as it requires a community approach and our goal this year is to reach as many people as possible to raise awareness,” says Kelly.

To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

Visit http://ofc.alberta.ca/alberta-wildfire-season for more information.

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Leduc Fire Services is an integrated department dedicated to providing community and emergency services with a vision to become a recognized leader in fire and emergency medical services. Our motto is ‘Our Family Protecting Yours.’ You can find us online at Leduc.ca/fire, Facebook.com/LeducFireServices and Twitter (@LeducFire).

Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications