The wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area remains high.
Report smoke or fire in the forest by calling 310-FIRE (3473).
Aerial view of RWF038 - The Black Mountain Fire (July 26, 2022).
RWF-038, Black Mountain Fire
This wildfire was discovered on July 19 and is located 19 km west of Nordegg. It remains classified as being held at 507 hectares. View a map of the wildfire here.
There are 73 wildland firefighters currently working on this wildfire. Two unit crews are from BC Wildfire, and three firetack crews and one helitack crew are from Alberta Wildfire. An Incident Management Team from Alberta Wildfire is managing the response to the wildfire. The crews are assisted by three heavy equipment groups and 11 helicopters.
Tomorrow, firefighters will work on building a containment line around the wildfire's perimeter, with the help of heavy equipment. Helicopters will support firefighters with bucketing operations.
Temperatures are expected to reach 27 degrees tomorrow, with winds coming from the southeast at 10 km/h.
CLEARWATER COUNTY UPDATE
The evacuation order has now been lifted and an evacuation alert is now in place for Snow Creek Public Recreation Area (PRA), Dry Haven PRA, Centre for Outdoor Education, Fish Lake PRA, Frontier Lodge, Goldeye Centre, Goldeye Lake PRA and area.
The Haven Road area remains closed to the public to allow firefighting operations to proceed safely.
An evacuation alert means residents and the public in the areas should be packed and prepared to leave on short notice should the wildfire status change. This evacuation alert will remain in place until further wildfire control and containment is achieved.
The evacuation alert for Nordegg has been lifted.
Please visit clearwatercounty.ca for more information from Clearwater County.
Please visit emergencyalert.alberta.ca or download the Alberta Emergency Alert App to view current alerts.
Please visit 511 Alberta for the most up-to-date information on any roadway closures in the area.
Since January 1, there have been 42 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area which have burned 545 hectares.
Since January 1, there have been 684 wildfires in Alberta which have burned 101,882 hectares. There is one wildfire of note in the Rocky Mountain Forest Protection Area of Alberta at this time.
A fire advisory is now in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest 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 contact:Josee St-Onge
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