Rocky Mountain House Area Update

FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT - Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 27, 2020

Posted on Wed, May 27, 2020

 

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FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT

Due to reduced wildfire hazard, advanced operational preparedness and favourable weather conditions in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has now been revoked and a fire advisory has been put in place.

A fire advisory means Albertans in the Forest Protection Area can safely enjoy the use of a fire pit in their backyard, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire.

Permissible:

  • safe wood campfires on public land, private land or in provincial campgrounds as long as they are inside an engineered campfire ring 
  • backyard firepits
  • charcoal briquette barbecues
  • use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
  • catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • safe burning with a permit
  • recreational off-highway vehicle use

Not permissible:

  • burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
  • unattended or unsafe campfires

Permits may not be issued as usual under a fire advisory. These precautions were put in place as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan to avoid multiple disasters at a time when resources may be limited.  Two hundred additional fire fighters were hired and are now trained and positioned to respond to new wildfire starts.

Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area, allowing Albertans the freedom to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.  We will re-evaluate daily.

We expect this fire advisory to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.

Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.


Please visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for a map of the affected areas.

Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire. 

For more information, please contact: 

Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Information Officer
Rocky Mountain House Forest Area
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Forestry Division
403.845.0512
May the Forest be with you