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Fire Season Starts March 1

 
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Get a permit
As of March 1st fire permits are required for any burning in the forest protection area, except campfires.These are free and can be obtained by contacting your local Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) office. Phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office.

Check your winter burns
Check your winter burns and ensure they are extinguished. Winter fires can smolder under the snow all winter and emerge as a wildfire in the spring when conditions are warm and dry
When checking your winter burns, spread around any remaining debris and dig deep in the ashes to check for heat. A fire is not extinguished until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes. Soak it, Stir it and Soak it again!
 
Firebans
ESRD has a five level colour-coded system for putting on fire bans in the Forest Protection Area.The system will increase efficiency in applying fire use restrictions during increasing fire hazard. It will also provide more advanced warning about possible impacts on burning and campfires. Click here to learn more  
Click below for current firebans
 
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Force of nature
Naturally occuring wildfire is an ecological process within the rhythms of nature that plays a vital role in the balance of all forest life of plants and animals.Click below to learn more
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Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Ranger / Information Officer
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
403.845.8351
Barry.Shellian@gov.ab.ca
May the forest be with you

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