The wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area continues to be VERY HIGH.
Report smoke or fire in the forest by calling 310-FIRE (3473).
There is currently one wildfire in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.
This wildfire was discovered on July 19, located 19km west of Nordegg. It is classified as out of control at approximately 507 hectares. View the area map here
Today, airtankers and helicopters will continue to work on the wildfire from the air. We have heavy equipment that started work overnight to gain access to the fire. They will continue to gain ground access and build a fire guard. There will be helicopters, heavy equipment, and wildland firefighters working on the wildfire.
Weather conditions are expected to be more favorable on the fire today, with temperatures forecast to reach 22-24 changing to southwest later in the day.
The evacuation orders and alerts issued by Clearwater County remain in place. Please visit emergencyalert.alberta.ca or download the Alberta Emergency Alert App for additional information.
Please visit 511 for the most up-to-date information on any roadway closures in the area. Traffic may be slowed on highway 11 near Nordegg do to smoke and wildfire operations.
Since January 1, there have been 39 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area which have burned 544.56 hectares.
Since January 1, there have been 664 wildfires in Alberta which have burned 98,705 hectares. There is one wildfire of note in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta at this time.
A fire advisory is now in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to current and forecasted weather conditions. Fine fuels and wooden debris are very dry and could ignite easily from any spark, friction or hot exhaust. Use extreme caution when working or recreating outdoors.
At this time, there are no changes to existing permits but any new permits will be considered on a case by case basis.
The public and residents in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area can continue to use a fire pit, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire and recreational off-highway vehicles. When recreating in the backcountry make sure your campfire is completely extinguished by soaking the ashes, stirring them and soaking them again.
The fire advisory will remain in place until conditions improve.
NEW WILDFIRE DASHBOARD
The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.
The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.
Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.
Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
For more information, please contact:
Provincial Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation