The 2016 fire season saw 91 fires burn a total of 76.09 hectares in the Rocky Forest Area. Thank you to all those who helped prevent wildfires this year by respecting fire and OHV bans, properly extinguishing campfires and taking precautions while recreating.
Throughout the province a total of 1336 fires burned 611,465.19 hectares this fire season. There are currently five wildfires across the province, four of these are under control and one is being held
Fire permits are no longer required in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta after October 31st. If you are planning on doing any large burning it is still important to check with your local municipality or county as many have winter burning bylaws and notification systems in place that can help monitor smoke and prevent an un emergency response .
Fire permits will once again be required in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta as of March 1, 2017.
NEWS ON ALBERTA WILDFIRE
Become part of the team. Are you interested in protecting Alberta's communities? Does team work, safety and dedication inspire you? Become a wildland firefighter, work with air tankers or in a warehouse - there are many possibilities and here is your chance!
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Learn more about what its like to be a wildland firefighter in this video. Application deadline is November 30, 2016.
Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment Act, was tabled in the legislature October 31, 2016. The Bill introduces measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations. Read more here.
Barry Shellian | Wildfire Information Officer
Rocky Forest Area