Due to the wildfire hazard, lack of precipitation, dry forest conditions and forecasted weather there is a Wildfire Advisory the Rocky Forest Area.
- No new fire permits will be issued
- Current permits will be canceled.
- Safe campfires are allowed.
Further restrictions may be considered if the hazard continues to increase.
Provincial Wildfire Situation
- In the last 24 hours there have been 14 new wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One is considered out of control, two are being held, six are under control and five have been extinguished.
- There are currently 31 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two are considered out of control, three are being held, 14 are under control and 12 have been turned over to the responsible party.
- SWF-030 is considered out of control at 446.5 hectares and is located approximately 45 kilometres north west of Red Earth. There are 48 firefighters and five helicopters fighting this wildfire.
- MWF-009 is considered out of control at 500 hectares and is located approximately 5 kilometres west of Fort McMurray. There are 15 firefighters and four helicopters fighting this wildfire.
- Since April 1, 2016, Alberta has recorded 296 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 1620.84 hectares.
- Agriculture and Forestry is currently assisting with seven wildfires outside the Forest Protection Area.
Spring is the time of year when wildfires are 100 per cent preventable. Most if not all of the wildfires we see at this time of year are human-caused. Human-caused wildfires are 100 per cent preventable. Please do your part to prevent wildfires this spring.
A campfire left smouldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. This video shows you how to make sure your campfire is out.
Your off-highway vehicle can start a wildfire. Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smouldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire.This video shows you how to ride debris free!
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Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you