Leduc Fire Services out with helpful advice on preventing wildfires

Photo courtesy of the city of Leduc

Leduc Fire out with tips on preventing wildfire season

Wildfire season is in full swing and Leduc's Fire Services is out with a message to people to take it easy during this time of year.

Back in 2017 Alberta saw over 1,100 wildfires burn and crews are out to remind you that prevention of wildfires is everyone's duty and requires a community approach

Brian Oliver with Leduc Fire Services tells The One News how difficult it can be to prevent a wildfire.

"The reality is we're trying to be out there with a more proactive approach informing communities and people in regards to fire safety and wildfire safety but any given year we could have a spike in numbers just based on the environment or mother nature doing what it does," says Oliver.

Through the Alberta Fire commissioner's office, they've compiled a list of things to do to prevent wildfires including:

  • 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 woodpiles and propane tanks can catch fire and easily spread.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 – 10 ft. from the ground.

To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE(3473). For more information visit https://www.alberta.ca/march-albertas-wildfire-season.aspx?utm_source=redirector.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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