Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 27, 2021

Posted on Tue, Jul 27, 2021

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CURRENT CONDITIONS IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA

Hot and dry conditions continue in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) with no precipitation recorded at our weather stations.  The conditions in the south of the CFA are of particular concern and are now at EXTREME levels.  If a wildfire ignites in these conditions, it has the potential to spread very quickly and exhibit extreme fire behaviour. The fire danger in the northern sections of the CFA is now VERY HIGH.


Fire Ban wide

A FIRE BAN IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CFA

Please see albertafirebans.ca to zoom in on a map of the Fire Ban area.

Under this ban:

  • Existing fire permits are suspended;
  • All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;

Prohibited:

  • Wood campfires on public land in backcountry and random camping areas
  • Wood campfires in campgrounds
  • Backyard fire pits on private land
  • Wood campfires in day use areas
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques
  • Fireworks and exploding targets

Allowed:

  • Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
  • Indoor wood fires
  • Open flame oil devices

 

Fire Restriction wide

A FIRE RESTRICTION IS NOW IN EFFECT IN THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE CFA

Please see albertafirebans.ca to zoom in on a map of the Fire Restriction area.

Under this restriction:

  • Existing fire permits are suspended;
  • All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.

Prohibited:

  • Wood campfires on public land in backcountry and random camping areas.
  • Wood campfires in day-use areas
  • Fireworks and exploding targets

Allowed:

  • Wood campfires on private land
  • Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
  • Backyard fire pits on private land
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques
  • Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
  • Indoor wood fires
  • Open flame oil devices
  •  

Visit our wildfire.alberta.ca to see the Ministerial Order authorizing this Fire Restriction and the specific details. 

Click here for a more detailed map of the CFA outlining the Fire Ban and Fire Restriction boundaries.


WILDFIRES IN THE CFA

There is one active wildfire in the CFA.  CWF-090 was detected on July 23, it is now UNDER CONTROL at 4.4 hectares.  The cause of the wildfire remains under investigation.


SMOKE CONCERNS

Many municipalities across southern Alberta continue to be impacted by smoke and poor air quality. Please be aware that this smoke is not being produced by any active wildfires in Alberta.  FireSmoke.ca is a service that can produce forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke from wildfires.

If you have health related smoke concerns, please call Alberta Health Services at 811.


PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE*

Since March 1, there have been 947 wildfires which have burned 47,579 hectares in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province, please visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

*As of 10 am, July 27, 2021


Unless conditions change, you can expect your next update by August 3, 2021.

MORE INFORMATION:

Calgary Forest Area Information Officer
403-818-0938
io.calgary@gov.ab.ca


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