Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Prescribed Fire and Fish & Wildlife

Posted on Fri, Apr 22, 2016



Ignition operations have been completed in the Wapiabi prescribed fire area. A total of 280 hectares were burned this week. Operations will recommence when weather conditions are favourable. Learn more about prescribed fires in the Rocky Forest Area.



Although there has been scattered rain showers in the Rocky Forest Area the wildfire hazard remains Very High. Most of southern and central Alberta have High to Very High wildfire Hazard.
Alberta Wildfire Hazard Map

Provincial Wildfire Situation
- In the last 24 hours there have been nine new wildfires. Two are being held, five are under control, and two have been extinguished.
- Alberta currently has 33 wildfires. Three are being held, 17 are under control and 13 have been turned over to the responsible party.
- Since April 1, 2016, Alberta has recorded 197 wildfires that have burned a total of 565.08 hectares.
- Agriculture and Forestry is currently assisting with four wildfires outside the Forest Protection Area.
    - PMD-001 is 250 hectares and is located approximately 14 kilometres north east of Fairview.        There are 29 firefighters, two helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment.
    - WCU-001 is 138.14 hectares and is located at the town of Duffield. There are 61 firefighters,       two helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment.
    - WCU-002 is 93 hectares and is located approximately 24 kilometres north west of St. Albert.       There are nine firefighters assisting with this wildfire.
    - WIR-001 is 236.64 hectares and is located approximately 2 kilometres south of Duffield.    There are two firefighters and one helicopter assisting with this wildfire.
- Agriculture and Forestry has the following resources fighting wildfires or pre-positioned across the province ready to fight new wildfires:
640 firefighters, 53 helicopters, 76 pieces of heavy equipment and nine airtankers

Rocky Wildfire Situation
RWF-014  5.0 hectares Under control  approx. 10 kms. Northwest of Cow Lake
RWF-029 19.5 hectares Under control  approx. 20 kms. Southwest of SundreFBS_HubSpotBanner_Advisory_400x70_RGB.jpg

A Wildfire Advisory remains in Effect for the Rocky Forest Area.

  • No new Fire permits will be issued
  • Existing permits have been canceled
  • Safe Campfires are allowed - Ensure your campfire is out - Soak it, Stir it, Soak it Again.
  • Although SAFE CAMPFIRES are allowed we recommend NO BURNING until weather conditions change!

The Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. 

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Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P 403.845.8351
May the forest be with you