Highway 40 West FireSmart Planning Project

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The County of Grande Prairie is working to assess and plan for wildfire risks during the spring and early summer of 2021. This FireSmart planning project will focus on public and Crown lands located west of Highway 40, south of the City of Grande Prairie limits. Project activities include planning for future vegetation management in the area, and providing opportunities for FireSmart education and for public engagement.


Learn more about the project below. Get involved - view "Key Dates" for information about up-coming public events for the project, and get project updates under the "Stay Informed" heading on this page.


* This map was updated with new information on May 6, 2021


Two Ways for you to be Involved:


Learn about FireSmart

The County offered free education webinars on May 10 and 11 to County residents on the wildfire risks in the area and general practices and principles of lowering those risks (how to be FireSmart). Residents can use this information to better protect their own property from wildfire and enhance their understanding of FireSmart activity on public lands.

  • Go to "Key Dates" or "Newsfeed" to find our webinar video
County Regional Fire Service offers wood chipping events on May 29 and June 5 for area residents to dispose of waste wood from private properties.

  • Go to "Key Dates" on this page to learn more
Give Feedback on the Plan

Once public lands in the Highway 40 West area are assessed and the specific areas to address are identified, then area residents, the public, and other community stakeholders will be invited to take a look at what we've discovered and have their say on the action plan. What we hear will be considered in the plan for future work.


  • Go to "Stay Informed" on this page to sign up for updates as they're available.

For more information, see the "FAQ", (Frequently Asked Questions), section of this page.

The County of Grande Prairie is working to assess and plan for wildfire risks during the spring and early summer of 2021. This FireSmart planning project will focus on public and Crown lands located west of Highway 40, south of the City of Grande Prairie limits. Project activities include planning for future vegetation management in the area, and providing opportunities for FireSmart education and for public engagement.


Learn more about the project below. Get involved - view "Key Dates" for information about up-coming public events for the project, and get project updates under the "Stay Informed" heading on this page.


* This map was updated with new information on May 6, 2021


Two Ways for you to be Involved:


Learn about FireSmart

The County offered free education webinars on May 10 and 11 to County residents on the wildfire risks in the area and general practices and principles of lowering those risks (how to be FireSmart). Residents can use this information to better protect their own property from wildfire and enhance their understanding of FireSmart activity on public lands.

  • Go to "Key Dates" or "Newsfeed" to find our webinar video
County Regional Fire Service offers wood chipping events on May 29 and June 5 for area residents to dispose of waste wood from private properties.

  • Go to "Key Dates" on this page to learn more
Give Feedback on the Plan

Once public lands in the Highway 40 West area are assessed and the specific areas to address are identified, then area residents, the public, and other community stakeholders will be invited to take a look at what we've discovered and have their say on the action plan. What we hear will be considered in the plan for future work.


  • Go to "Stay Informed" on this page to sign up for updates as they're available.

For more information, see the "FAQ", (Frequently Asked Questions), section of this page.

  • Final Report - Highway 40 West FireSmart Planning Project

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    The project's final report was presented to County of Grande Prairie Council on August 23, 2021.

    Final Report - Highway 40 West FireSmart Planning Project

  • FireSmart webinar video

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    Presented by Lesser Slave Forest Education Society, on behalf of the County of Grande Prairie. The FireSmart Home Assessment Score Card mentioned in the video is located on this page in "Documents".

  • Wildfire Mitigation Strategy Moving West of Highway 40 this Spring

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    The Wildfire Mitigation Strategy, approved by Council in 2015, is moving onto Priority 3 this spring with planning, engagement and public education set for the Highway 40 West area.

    “This phase will include assessment and mapping of public lands in the area,” said Dan Lemieux, Director of Community Services. “This important work will be completed by a professional forester and will provide detailed information to inform future actions toward wildfire mitigation. No vegetation management will take place at this stage.”

    The Highway 40 West area encompasses over 1,100 hectares of land located north of the Wapiti River and west of Highway 40. This includes rural subdivisions of the Ranch, Dunes West, Deer Ridge Estates and Mystic Ridge, and is just south of Deer Run Estates and Park Meadows. Continue reading the full news release.



Page last updated: 23 August 2021, 14:28