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Current Fire Ban Status - No Advisory

All outdoor burning requires a burning permit within Beaver County. Permits can be obtained from, the towns of Tofield, Viking, the villages of Holden, Ryley, Beaver County office, the Beaver Emergency Services Commission Office, and all local Fire Chiefs.

For further information please contact the Beaver Emergency Services Commission office @ 780-336-3041

Alberta Fire Ban Mobile Application

THE BRAND NEW ALBERTA FIRE BANS MOBILE APPLICATION!

Available for iOS and Android, the Alberta Fire Bans application is intended to provide the public with quick access for fire bans in the province. Keeping people informed of fire bans across the province will help people plan their summer activities safely, whether in their backyards or in Alberta’s parks and natural areas, while reducing the risk of wildfire. I encourage you all to download the app and make yourself aware of its features and benefits as we begin to roll it out for this current wildfire season.Please note: as a part of the government’s open data portal, there is currently another Alberta fire bans application available to download. We cannot ensure the data within that third party application is completely accurate, so please begin using the application owned by the Government of Alberta (the one with the orange icon – attached).

Beaver County COVID-19 Update

Beaver County COVID-19 Update

BESC is aware of the recent spike in cases of Covid in the Beaver County region. We strongly recommend calm in riding out this elevation of the numbers, as the Province of Alberta is also experiencing a similar situation.

We are monitoring the situation closely and listening to our partner municipalities and Directors of Emergency Management in the region. The overwhelming message is to follow current Alberta Health Services guidelines, practice physical distancing and when appropriate wear a mask. Masks are available at Tim Hortons, A&W, McDonalds and other AHS designated locations including retail outlets. It would be helpful to call first and reserve your order.

Alberta Health Services has assured us that all the cases, both the ones in the past, and now the most recent ones, are from known sources, and everyone involved is cooperating with Alberta Health Services to prevent further spread.  The general population in the Beaver County Region is at low risk.

This increase was anticipated and shows the conditions that existed up to about a week ago, although heading into the upcoming long weekend it is important that we stay vigilant to reduce the cases and protect the vulnerable. Together we can mitigate this temporary outbreak. Please follow the Covid Links on our website at  www.besc.ca or for further information call our office 780-336-3041

 

Beaver Emergency Services Commission

Wildfire Threat

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and grass fires

Alberta’s Wildfire Season is starting on March 1. The Office of the Fire Commissioner, municipalities and fire departments across Alberta, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Alberta FireSmart are all working to help raise awareness about wildfire - Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and grass fires.

During the 2018 fire season the Alberta government responded to 1,111 wildfires that burned more than 52,296.55 hectares across our province.

Preparing for the threat of wildfire is a shared responsibility. You can do your part:

 

  • Dispose of debris and lawn clippings quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Don’t let them linger.
  • Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
  • Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground. Wildfire can spread to tree tops.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE(3473)

Volunteers Needed!

We need you! Through unwavering vigilance, rigorous training and unquestionable dedication, the Volunteer Firefighters of BESC work to serve and ensure the safety of every person in the county.

Local Links

www.vbfcss.com Viking Family Community Support Services

www.fcss-trbc.com Tofield Family Community Support Services

Viking Medical Clinic - Kalyna County Primary Care Network

Safety Links

Safety Tips - Alberta Fire Commissioner

Fire Protection - NFPA

Fire Safety - Alberta Emergency Management

Senior Safety - Finding Balance Campaign

 

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