Ignition operations on the Blackstone prescribed fire were completed yesterday. This week saw approximately 1500 hectares burned in addition to the 800 hectares that were burned earlier this spring. Smoke may continue to be visible in the area. The area is being monitored by ground crews, aircraft and remote cameras.
Ignition operations will recommence when conditions are favorable
The objective is to improve habitat for sheep and elk by reducing tree cover and reinvigorating grass growth.
Prescribed Fires require specific weather conditions to be successful. Often, these conditions are similar to those that would provoke a fire advisory, restriction or even ban. Prescribed fires are closely monitored and staff exercise extreme caution to ensure the fire doesn’t get out of control, which allows this practice to take place during optimum conditions.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
Due to current and forecasted weather a Fire Advisory is now in effect for the Rocky Forest Area (RFA) section of the Forest Protection Area (FPA).
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Under this advisory, all existing permits will be cancelled (including burn barrels) and no new permits will be issued.The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve
- Any burning other than campfires
- Safe wood campfires (within fire rings) or random camping areas
- Charcoal briquettes
- Portable propane fire pits
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Albertans are always asked to use caution when recreating within the FPA:
- Clear debris from hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle.
- Ensure your campfire is out - Soak it, Stir it, Soak it Again.
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Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Information Officer
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the Forest be with you