Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - Sept. 21, 2017

Posted on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

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THE FOREST AREA CLOSURE HAS BEEN LIFTED FOR THE CALGARY FOREST AREAHOWEVER, A FIRE BAN, OHV PROHIBITION AND ADVISORY REMAIN IN EFFECT.
FULL DETAILS BELOW:


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FIRE BAN IN EFFECT - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Fire Ban  remains in effect for the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA) south of highway 532 (MAP).

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 will remain in effect until conditions improve. 

View the Ministerial Orders for full details.

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


OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE PROHIBITED - SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 

OHVs can start a wildfire. The use of Off-Highway Vehicles for recreational purposes remains prohibited in the southern portion (MAP) of the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) due to the wildfire hazard. 

View the Ministerial Orders or visit ALBERTAFIREBANS.CA for full details.

 


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FIRE ADVISORY is in effect for the Forest Protection Area (FPA) south of the Red Deer river to Highway 532:

  • No new Fire Permits will be issued
  • Safe campfires are allowed

The Advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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


CFA WILDFIRE SUMMARY

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 equipment operating in the area.

There are an additional 53 firefighters, 10 helicopters, 8 airtankers and other heavy equipment positioned in the Calgary Forest Area to assist/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 8 firefighters/Support staff, 4 helicopters and various pieces of heavy equipment deployed to the incident.

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


PROVINCIAL SUMMARY - 21 SEPTEMBER 2017

  • Alberta currently has 14 wildfires: 1 wildfire is being held, 11 are under control and 2 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 1,172 wildfires that have burned a total of 45,427.11 hectares.

 

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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.


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Calgary Wildfire Information Officer 
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