Upper Clearwater Prescribed Fire
The Upper Clearwater prescribed fire is scheduled start tomorrow, March 10th. Operations will begin when forecasted weather and on-the-ground conditions permit. Agriculture and Forestry will proceed only when and where we can ensure a safe operation that will meet the overall objectives of the prescribed fire.
The Meadow Unit of Upper Clearwater prescribed fire unit is approximately 70 hectares. This unit has been burned several times to reduce shrub encroachment, improve ungulate habitat and create a fire break in the Upper Clearwater valley. Burning this meadow unit will also provide a guard for further operations later this year, reduce the risk of fast-moving wildfires and create a safe area for firefighters to manage any future wildfires.
Approximately 270 hectares were burned in 2013, 70 hectares in 2014 and 95 hectares in 2015.
Prescribed fires are the proactive, knowledgeable and controlled applications of fire to accomplish well-defined objectives. These fires are applied under select weather conditions and monitored by experienced fire managers and crews to minimize risk and maximize the benefits to the site. Prescribed fire supports FireSmart principles that reduce wildfire threat to Albertan's and their communities by reducing the likelihood of large uncontrollable wildfires while creating a healthier forest. You can also visit the prescribed fire web page for further information.
Nordegg Hazard Reduction Burning
Hazard reduction burning near Nordegg is scheduled to start wednesday March 16th along Highway 734 south of Highway 11. Approximately 13 hectares will be burned to create a safer community. Please drive with caution.
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you