Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Forest Area Wildfire update - June 12, 2017

Posted on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

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Wildfire Hazard

Due to the cooler temperatures and rainfall, the wildfire hazard is LOW.
Click here to view the wildfire hazard map for June 12th.

- There has been 25 wildfires extinguished in the Rocky Forest Area this year which have burned 8.81 hectares
- There are currently 10 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Six wildfires are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2017, Alberta has recorded 525 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 2,171.90 hectares.
Click here for information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta 

Help prevent wildfires
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A campfire left smouldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's been completely extinguished before you leave your site. make sure your campfire is out.

Your off-highway vehicle can start a wildfire. Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smouldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire. ride debris free.

 

Before you burn it, get your permit

As of March 1st, all burning activities in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, excluding campfires, now require a fire permit. Fire permits are free and available at your local Agriculture and Forestry office.  Call310-0000 for more information or to obtain your free fire permit.

 

Changes to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act 

In fall of last year, we passed legislation to enhance wildfire prevention, to deter risky behaviour and give wildland firefighters more tools to keep Albertans and their communities safe.
 
These regulation changes help support the legislation by including:
  • new penalties for violations such as abandoning campfires or burning during fire bans,
  • and improving government’s ability to restrict higher risk activities, like fireworks and incendiary targets.

Penalties will be determined by a statutory decision-maker on a case-by-case basis.

Please visit our website for more information.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION

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