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Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program and FireSmart grant program

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FireSmart grants for the 2015 season are now open 

The FireSmart Community Grant Program is an initiative sponsored by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The program assists communities in reducing the risk of wildfire within their respective jurisdictions. There's $500,000 in funding to help communities safe from wildfire. Communities can apply online today.

Hunting season is here. Warm, dry and windy conditons common in the fall can auickly turn an improperly extinguished campfire into a wildfire. Make sure you completely extinguish your campfire before you leave. Soak it, Stir it, Soak it again. Always remove debris from your exhaust that could fall off and start a wildfire. 

Backcountry Trails Flood Rehabilitation Program

Earlier this year ESRD launched a 3 year, ten million dollar program to repair flood damage on designated trails in Public Land Use Zones. Already this summer crews have been working hard to inventorying the Bighorn Backcountry to assess flood damage and repair work has already begun on several trails, including Pinto Lake, Big Horn Dam, and Canary Creek Trails. In order to make this program as successful as possible over the coming years we need your help!

Share Your Knowledge: Know of some flood damaged trails? Have thoughts on where we should work next? By passing on this information you not only will help the program but also have a chance to win great prizes!

Get Involved: Coming up in September and October there will be opportunities to take  part in volunteer days to repair trails and learn what it takes to make a trail sustainable. Over the next two year volunteers on the program will have lots of opportunity to get out and meet new people while having fun and making a difference rebuilding the trails that are important to so many.

Stay Informed: Heading out on the trails or just curious what the crews are up to? There a map for that! Information on which trails are being worked on, whether or not they are closed during construction, and what projects have been completed can all be found on the program’s web map. The map is updated weekly and great way to Know Before You Go!

Click the map for program information and start using the interactive web map today. 
Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program interactive map

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Learn more about Bertie Beaver


Barry A. Shellian RPFT

Wildfire Ranger / Information Officer
Rocky Wildfire Management Area

May the forest be with you

Preachers Point temporarily closed for reclamation


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Due to recent rain and cooler temperatures, the wildfire hazard remains at low in the Rocky Mountain House Wildfire Management Area. 


Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) has temporarily closed Preachers Point Staging Area for reclamation. This area is a dry and fragile ecosystem. After heavy use, dry grass takes time to recover.

There is available random camping in the area. Bighorn Dam has plenty of room, as well as other alternative random spots along the North Saskatchewan River. If you have any questions, please contact the local ESRD office at 403-845-8272.


Keep your campfire small and always put it out. Even if you're going for a short hike. Soak it, stir it, soak it again. Make sure the ashes are cool to the touch. Never leave your campfire unattended! Learn more here.

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Keep debris free of off-highway vehicle hotspots. Grass can build up on the exhaust, under the seat, and in the engine compartment. Knock off the debris and douse it with water. 



You require a fire permit for all burning in the forest protection area, except campfires. You can get a free fire permit by contacting your local Environment and Sustainable Resource Development office for a free permit:

  • Rocky Mountain House - 403.845.8581

  • Sundre - 403.638.3805

  • Drayton Valley - 780.542-6616


There are no fire bans in the Rocky Mountain House area. For fire ban information elsewhere in the province, visit

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Barry Shellian
Wildfire Information Officer

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