Calgary Area Update

Partial Closure: Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - Sept. 14, 2017

Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

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FOREST AREA CLOSURE (FACT SHEET)

Due to extreme wildfire hazard and public safety concerns, a Forest Closure remains in effect for the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA) south of Highway 532 (MAP). No public access is allowed within the Protection Area, however Highway 22 and 3 remain open for through traffic. 

The communities of Hazell, Sentinel, Tecumseh, Coleman, Bushtown, Blairmore, Frank, Hillcrest Mines, Bellevue and Bermis are exempt from the closure.

Limited access may be granted by permit at the following locations:

  • Calgary Fire Centre - 8660 Bearspaw Dam Rd. NW, Calgary, AB
  • Chain Lakes Provincial Park Administrative Building - Twp. Rd. 144A, Highway 22, Longview, AB
  • Blairmore Ranger Station - 11901 19 Ave., Blairmore, AB
  • Pincher Creek Provincial Building - 782 Main St., Pincher Creek, AB

Permit locations are staffed from 0800-2000hrs as of September 5th.

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

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FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

Due to continued high hazard, a Fire Ban remains in effect for the northern portion of the Calgary Forest Area (CFA).The fire ban covers the Forest Protection Area (FPA) south of the Red Deer river to Highway 532.

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).

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 continues to be 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 - 1100hrs

Currently, there is 1 wildfire (ABC002) in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA)

Alberta Wildfire has established guard in the south Castle to prevent the wildfire from spreading north. There are 2 helicopters and various pieces of heavy equipement operating in the area.

There are an additional 86 firefighters, 10 helicopters and other heavy equipment positioned in the Calgary Forest Area to action new wildfire starts.

WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK - KENOW FIRE

Alberta Wildfire is assisting Parks Canada with operations on the Kenow wildfire. There are currently 134 firefighters, 13 helicopters and various pieces of heavy equipment deployed to the incident.

For the latest updates on the wildfire visit the Parks Canada site.


SMOKE IN THE AIR

Smoke from adjacent wildfires 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. 


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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 - 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Alberta currently has 14 wildfires: 5 wildfires are being held, 7 are under control and 2 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 1,158 wildfires that have burned a total of 45,413.54 hectares.

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Calgary Wildfire Information Officer 
io.calgary@gov.ab.ca