Temperatures are heating up in the Rocky Forest Area resulting in a increased wildfire danger. There is still a Fire Advisory in place which means safe campfires are allowed but remember to be safe by always having a bucket of water next to your fire and always fully extinguish your campfire. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again until they are cool to the touch. Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
Wildfire Situation | May 24, 2018 4:30 pm
- There is currently one wildfire in the Rocky Forest Area, this fire is under control at 0.25 hectares.
- Since March 1, 2018 there has been 24 wildfires.
A fire advisory is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area until conditions improve, see a MAP. The advisory is due to persistent dry weather, and the dry grass wildfire hazard. Dry grass provides fuel for fast moving wildfires.
Under the Advisory
- All fire permits are suspended and new fire permits will not be issued until conditions improve
- Any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area.
- All fire permits (except burn barrels) are now suspended.
- Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
- Charcoal briquettes
- Portable propane fire pits
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
- Permitted burn barrels.
Please note: the fire advisory does not apply to towns, villages or summer villages embedded in the Forest Protection Area, residents can check Albertafirebans.ca, or the Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices for local advisories, restrictions or bans.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry continued to monitor the Wapiabi fire. Please note that smoke will still be visible for sometime. This prescribed fire has established a fuel break in the area and will improve ungulate habitat.
The Bighorn, Sunkay and Wapiabi Caves trails will be closed to the public during starting May 22nd.
Provincial Information Officer
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you