Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 7, 2020

Posted on Mon, Jul 27, 2020

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FIRE RESTRICTION IN EFFECT

A Fire Restriction is in place for southern portions of the Calgary Forest Area within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

PROHIBITED

  • Safe wood campfires on public lands, including backcountry or random camping areas
  • Fireworks and exploding targets (without written permission of a Forest Officer)

ALLOWED

  • Safe wood campfires on private land and provincial campgrounds
    • should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to
      • be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire
      • have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving
      • have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas. Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking
  • Indoor wood fire
  • Open flame oil devices

*All appliances (such as barbecues, stoves, heaters and portable campfires) must be CSA approved or UL certified

The Fire Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

To find out the latest information on measures in place to reduce human-caused wildfires visit www.albertafirebans.ca.


WILDFIRE PREVENTION

Off-Highway vehicles can start wildfires - check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.


WILDFIRE UPDATE - August 7, 2020

The wildfire danger rating for the Calgary Forest Area is VERY HIGH. 

Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 460 wildfires burning a total of 781.44 hectares.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.


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