Rocky Mountain House Area Update

May 12 Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Update

Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015



Wildfire Hazard

With the warm weather and winds the wildfire hazard remains HIGH for the Rocky Wildfire Management Area.

Conditions in the forest are dry, and the grass is extremely flammable and under windy conditions a fire will spread very quickly. Residents and visitors are urged to be extra cautious and postpone any burning until the winds are calm.  When out enjoying the May long weekend, do not leave campfires unattended and be sure your fire is properly extinguished before you leave.   Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Wildfire Update
The Rocky wildfire management area currently has two wildfires:
RWF-38, approximately40 kilometres west of Nordegg is three hectares and is being held.
RWF-39, approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Rocky is 0.1 hectares and is under control.
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development is assisting Clearwater County with RCU-001, located approximately three kilometres east of Rocky and is 35 hectares.

Please check for fire advisories, restrictions and bans.

Fire Permits
All fire permit holders are reminded to check the weather and your permit conditions. If you cannot meet the conditions on your permit, do not ignite new burns and extinguish those already burning.From March 1 to October 31, Albertans in the forested areas need to get a FIRE PERMIT for any burning, excluding campfires. To request your free fire permit call your local Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Office.

Rocky Mountain House - 403.845.8351
Drayton Valley - 780.542.6616
Sundre - 403.638.3805

Due to weather conditions Environment and Sustainable Resource Development will tentatively be conducting prescribed fire operations this Thursday May 14 in the South Idlewilde.

This prescribed fire will restore the ecological role of wildfire along Clearwater River and rejuvenate forging habitat for elk and other ungulates that winter in the area. It is located approximately 55 km south west of Rocky Mountain house and 60 kilometers west of Sundre.

May the forest be with you

Barry A. Shellian RPFT 
Wildfire Ranger / Information Officer 
Rocky Wildfire Management Area