Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Prescribed Fire Update & Backcountry Trail Information

Posted on Thu, Mar 24, 2016


Although there are snow patches remaining on the ground areas of dry grass and smaller vegetation are very prone to wildfire at this time of year. Be cautious with all fires. 

Rocky Forest Area wildfire Situation:
Currently there are two wildfires in the Rocky Forest Area which are both under control.
RWF-134 is 0.05 hectares located southwest of Drayton Valley
RWF-135 is 5.00 hectares is located along the Red Deer River west of Sundre

Provincial Wildfire situation:
In the last week there have been 12 new wildfires – three are Under Control, two have been Turned Over to landowners and seven have been Extinguished.
Alberta currently has 27 wildfires – Of those, 10 are under control and 17 have been Turned Over to the responsible parties. More information


Prescribed fire operations in the Upper Clearwater yesterday saw approximately 60 hectares of meadow grass with some isolated trees stands burned. This will create an guard for future operations later this season. Agriculture and Forestry have installed an remote camera and weather station in the area to monitor conditions to prepare for further burning later this season.

IMG_1926.jpgUpper Clearwater prescribed fire

Approximately 9 hectares of hazard reduction burning was also recently completed near the Bighorn Dam random camping area. This will create a green grassy area to reduce the threat of human caused recreational wildfires.

FullSizeRender.jpgBighorn Dam hazard reduction burning


Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program

The June 2013 flood has affected backcountry users in a variety of ways. Restoring the trail systems in these areas serves not only to maintain recreational opportunities in Alberta’s backyard; it provides critical support to the economic, environmental and social benefits that were compromised by the flood. Providing Albertans with an opportunity to return to a sense of normalcy and providing wilderness opportunities for all is an important part of that recovery.

Learn more


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