Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 22, 2017

Posted on Sat, Aug 12, 2017

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FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

The Fire Ban remains in effect for the entire Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA). Warm, dry conditions are creating an extreme wildfire hazard - your patience and cooperation in following the Fire Ban is greatly appreciated.

Under the Fire Ban:

  • All existing Fire Permits are suspended.
  • No new Fire Permits will be issued.

NOT PERMITTED

  • Open fires in campgrounds, the backcountry or random camping areas.
  • Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers, and tiki torches.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets.

PERMITTED

  • Portable propane fire pits.
  • Gas or propane stoves, barbecues and heaters (catalytic/infrared).

The Fire Ban was issued July 27, 2017 and is in place to prevent human-caused wildfires. Under such extreme weather conditions, we can not risk having a human-caused wildfire that would divert firefighters and equipment from taking action on naturally-caused ones. 

FOR FULL DETAILS VISIT ALBERTAFIREBANS.CA OR CALL 1-866-FYI-FIRE.


OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE (OHV) USE PROHIBITED

The use of Off-Highway Vehicles for recreational purposes is prohibited in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA). This is a result of the extreme wildfire hazard and the fact that OHVs easily start wildfiresFor details visit ALBERTAFIREBANS.CA.

OHV use in the CFA has been prohibited since August 01, 2017 and will remain in effect until conditions improve. Thank you for your patience and cooperation with helping to prevent wildfires.


CFA WILDFIRE SUMMARY

Currently, there are no wildfires in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA)


SMOKE IN THE AIR

Smoke from wildfires burning in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay National Park and British Columbia may drift into the Calgary Forest Area. You can find the latest smoke forecast at firesmoke.ca.

If you have health concerns related to smoke inhalation from a wildfire, check the Alberta Health Services website or call 811 for 24 hour health advice. 


NEW 2017 REGULATIONS FOR THE FOREST PROTECTION AREA

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has announced changes to the Forest Prairie and Protection Act and Regulations. The changes are in support of the government commitment to protect Albertans and their communities from the threat of wildfire. Full details on the changes can be found here.


PROVINCIAL SUMMARY - 22 AUGUST 2017

  • Alberta currently has 26 wildfires: 4 wildfires are out of control, 5 are being held, 11 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 1,064 wildfires that have burned a total of 19,398.65 hectares.

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Calgary Wildfire Information Officer 
shannon.stambaugh@gov.ab.ca

mobile: 780-706-5336

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