Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Wildfire Update - April 19, 2021

Posted on Mon, Apr 19, 2021

WILDFIRE UPDATE

Fire Advisory 2

A fire advisory remains in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to dry fuels, expected warm temperatures, and increased wind speeds.
 
Under this advisory:
  • Fire permits will be issued for light debris burning (residential burning)
  • Permits will not be issued for heavy debris.
Prohibited:
  • Any burning, other than a campfire, is prohibited
Allowed:
  • Safe wood campfires *
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to:
a)   be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
b)   have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
c)   have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and
d)   Municipalities, parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.
Remember to never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE. The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Since March 1, 2021 the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area has had 10 wildfires burning a total of 4.41 hectares. Nine of these wildfires are extinguished and one has been turned over to the responsible party.  


PROVINCIAL UPDATE

There are currently 12 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. Eight of these wildfires are under control, and four have been turned over to the responsible party. 

Since March 1 there have been 60 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 47.32 ha. The five-year average for this time period is 67 wildfires burning 100.31 ha. 

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


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For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer
780-420-1968
wildfireinfo@gov.ab.ca 

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