What you need to tell us
Where the fire is
Information such as an address, landmark or nearby road will help determine the fire’s exact location.
How the fire is burning
If you can, give us details about the appearance and behaviour of the wildfire, such as:
- What is burning – Grass? Trees? Is it on agricultural land?
- How fast is it spreading – Is it stationary? Is it slower or faster than a normal walking speed?
- What colour is the smoke – Is it light grey or dark grey to black?
- How thick is the smoke – Is it light or heavy?
- What is the base size – Is it small, medium or large?
- Condition of smoke – Is it traveling straight up, drifting high or drifting low?
Other relevant information
- What is in the immediate area? Are there homes or buildings, roads or campgrounds nearby?
- Is it accessible by road?
- Is there a water source nearby?
Why you should call
Alberta Wildfire uses numerous tools to spot wildfires such as:
- air and ground patrols
- lightning mapping systems
- lookout observers
Although many wildfires are spotted by those tools, assistance from the public plays a vital role in detecting all wildfires in a timely manner. Calling 310-FIRE is quick and easy and is available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you see a wildfire or suspicious smoke – regardless of where or when it happens – please make the call.
Behind the scenes
Alberta Wildfire app
Stay current on Alberta’s wildfire situation, see where wildfires are burning in Alberta and how they impact you.
- Easy access to Alberta’s wildfire map with up-to-date wildfire information.
- Area-specific updates on wildfire situations.
- Direct contact information for Alberta’s wildfire-related websites, phone numbers and email addresses.
- Report a wildfire.
Learn what you can do to prepare yourself and others in the event of a wildfire. See Wildfire preparedness for more details.
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