Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Provincial OHV Restriction & Fire Ban Update

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2016

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Rocky Forest Area Wildfire Situation
There is 1 wildfire in the local area. RWF-43 is 1.0 hectare and under control

Provincial Wildfire Situation
In the last 24 hours there have been no new wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
There are currently 19 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 1 is considered out of control, 1 is being held, 11 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible party.

  • Since April 1, 2016, Alberta has recorded 407 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 243,941.61 hectares.
  • Agriculture and Forestry is currently assisting with 5 wildfires outside the Forest Protection Area.

    • CCU-002 is 1.20 hectares and is located 47 kilometres north west of Calgary. Assistance was requested at 6:43 pm by Rocky View County and ended at 7:41 pm. There were three firefighters assisting with this wildfire.
      PCU-003 is 0.01 hectares and is located 61 kilometres north west of Fairview. Assistance was requested on May 6th at 4:18 pm by Peace River.
    • ABC-001 is 46,689 hectares in total and  16,773 hectares on the Alberta side of the border approximately 67 kilometres south east of Cleardale, Alberta. Assistance was requested at 5:45 pm on April 30th by British Columbia. There are 217 firefighters, 15 helicopters and 56 pieces of heavy equipment are assisting with this wildfire.
    • PMD-001 is 250 hectares and is located approximately 14 kilometres north east of Fairview. Assistance was requested at 7:16 pm on April 18 by Municipal District of Fairview No. 136.
    • PBZ-001 is 0.01 hectares and is located on the border of British Columbia and Alberta about 16 kilometres north west of Cherry Point.
  • Agriculture and Forestry has the following resources fighting wildfires or pre-positioned across the Forest Protection Area ready to fight new wildfires:
    • 1,715 firefighters, 101 helicopters, 154 pieces of heavy equipment and 26 airtankers.
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A temporary province wide restriction on off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreational use on public lands remains in effect.  The OHV restriction will be in place until further notice. It applies to recreational use on public lands, including designated OHV trails, only. It will not apply to agriculture, public safety or commercial/industrial users who operate OHVs for farming, enforcement or business purposes.  For more information visit the Alberta Environment and Parks website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Safety Concerns

Drone and UAV Use 

When you fly a drone or UAV over or near an Alberta wildfire, you’re breaking the law and endangering firefighting personnel and may cause firefighting operations to stop.


Before you fly your drone or UAV, make sure you understand the rules that apply and follow them. Not doing so could cost you up to $25,000 in fines.

For more information, please visit:tc.gc.ca/SafetyFirst

 

Evacuations

A number of evacuations are in effect across the province today.  Please visit www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca for a listing of all evacuations currently in effect in Alberta.
 
Sign up for the free emergency alert app to get up to the minute alerts and updates on evacuations and other emergencies in the province pushed to your device.  

For information on how you can prepare yourself for the event that an evacuation is necessary, visit www.aema.alberta.ca/72-hour-emergency-kit.

Wildfire Preparation

Firefighters, heavy equipment, aircraft and support resources have all been strategically placed throughout the Alberta in preparation for any new wildfire starts.   Please call 310-FIRE to report wildfires as soon as possible so that these resources can be dispatched expediently.

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Trisha Stubbings, RPF
Area Forester
Agriculture and Forestry
Box 1720
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T 1B
403-845-8360