Hazard Reduction Burning
The Rocky Mountain House Wildfire Management Area will be conducting hazard reduction burns in random campsites this spring. Hazard reduction burning reduces or removes fuel before the onset of a wildfire specifically those occurring as a result of abandoned campfires. This creates safer communities and healthier forests.
Pending favourable and safe conditions burning will occur in the Bighorn Dam area tomorrow.
Over the next several weeks burning will will occur in areas along highway 752, South Fork, Allstones, Medicine Lake, Brazeau Dam, Jackfish Lake, Saunders, Wildhorse Creek and Batus Creek.
Rocky Mountain House Wildfire Management Area will be conducting prescribed fire operations in the Chungo, Blackstone, Wapiabi, Hummingbird and Upper Clearwater pending favorable and safe weather conditions. During operations the area immediately adjacent to the burn will be closed to public access.
- Restores the ecological role of fire to the area
- Enhance forage and habitat for wildlife
- Increase bio diversity
- Create landscape-level fire breaks to help prevent the spread of future wildfires
- Creates healthy and diverse forests that are more resilient to insect and disease outbreaks
The 2750 hectare Blackstone prescribed fire is designed to provide a landscape scale fuel break between the Bighorn and Front Ranges, allow future units to be burned safely and to improve or create ungulate habitat. Approximately 127 hectares were burned on the Blackstone Gap prescribed fire in 2007 with another 60 hectares burned in 2012
The 486 hectare Chungo prescribed is designed to establish a fuel break at the Chungo Gap, allow future units to be burned safely under higher indicies necessary for removal of high mountain pine beetle hazard stands and to improve or create ungulate habitat
The 328 hectare Wapiabi prescribed fire is designed to establish a landscape-scale fuel break in the Wapiabi Gap area, allow future units to be burned safely under higher indices necessary for removal of high mountain pine beetle hazard stands and improve or create ungulate habitat
The 558 hectare Hummingbird prescribed fire is designed to create a fire break in the Ram River Gap and will support restoring fires ecological role in the area.
The 470 hectare Upper Clearwater prescribed fire will create a landscape fuel break in the Upper Clearwater valley, improve ungulate habitat and support restoring the ecological role of fire in the area. Approximately 270 ha was burned in 2013, and if conditions are favorable ESRD hopes to complete the remaining units this spring or summer.
During operations the area immediately adjacent to the burn will be closed to public access.
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For more information on prescribed fire in Alberta:
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Ranger / Information Officer
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
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