Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - April 12, 2021

Posted on Mon, Apr 12, 2021

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CURRENT CONDITIONS IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA

Cooler temperatures combined with rain and snow have contributed to a drop in the fire danger rating. Areas of exposed dead and dry grass will continue to pose a real danger for spring wildfires. Until green up starts in mid-May, the wildfire danger will be very dependent on the short-term weather. The fire danger remains low in snow covered areas and at higher elevations. 


WILDFIRES IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA

There were no new wildfires detected in the Calgary Forest Area in the past week.

CWF-009 is classified as Under Control at 17 ha and was caused by an incendiary device.

The Devil’s Head Wildfire (CWF-156) from the 2020 wildfire season is classified as under control at 2420 ha. It is located in a remote area of the Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park. When appropriate, this wildfire will be scanned for any active areas and actioned accordingly.

Burned areas should be avoided as they present a safety hazard due to standing dead or damaged trees that can fall without warning.


EXPLODING TARGETS

Since 2017, the use of fireworks and exploding targets within the Forest Protection Area has been prohibited without written permission from a Forest Officer. This permission is required year-round.

For additional information visit our website https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/exploding-targets.aspx

Exploding targets have caused two wildfires this season and Peace Officers/RCMP have issued $600 tickets to the responsible parties. 


FIRE PERMITS

As of March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. By getting a permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard. Fire permits are free and can be requested from the Calgary Forest Area office by calling 403-297-8800.


NEW WILDFIRE APP!

Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province? Download the new app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more. Available for Apple and Android.

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WILDFIRE STATISTICS IN THE FOREST PROTECTION AREA

There are currently five wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two of these wildfires are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible party.

 Historical wildfire statistics (as of 10:00 a.m. April 12):

 

5 Year Average

March 1 to Today’s Date

(2016/2020)

Last Year

March 1 to Today’s Date

(2020)

This Year

March 1 to Today’s Date

(2021)

Number of Wildfires

58

5

44

Area Burned (ha)

88.54

0.14

37.07

Area Burned numbers may fluctuate as size estimates are updated with more accurate GPS information.


Unless conditions change, you can expect the next update on April 19, 2021.

MORE INFORMATION:

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


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