Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Wildfire Update - September 22, 2021

Posted on Wed, Sep 22, 2021

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The wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area is HIGH.

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A FIRE ADVISORY is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, due to the current weather forecast and expected winds.  

Under this advisory:

  • Existing permits remain valid
  • No new permits will be issued until conditions change

Prohibited:

  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.

Allowed:

  • Safe wood campfires*
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

WILDFIRE SITUATION UPDATE

There are currently four wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. Three of these wildfires are under control and one has been turned over to the responsible party.

RWF-101 is under control at 0.5 hectares (ha) in size

RWF-102 is under control at 0.02 ha in size. 

RWF-070 is under control at 155 ha in size

RWF-071 is under control at 66 ha in size

Since March 1, there have been 101 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 319 ha. 


PROVINCIAL UPDATE

There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One of these wildfires is being held, 21 are under control and two have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1 there have been 1,225 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 52,861 ha. 

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


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WILDFIRE PREVENTION 

You can reduce the risk of your off-highway vehicle causing a wildfire by following these simple steps:

  • Before you ride, clean out hot spots and remove debris from your machine.

  • After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any build-up from your machine.

  • Carry firefighting equipment such as a small shovel, collapsible pail or fire extinguisher.

  • Wash your quad, trike or bike and keep it clean; do not wash in streams and creeks.

  • Make sure your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.

  • Stop frequently. Take the time to knock debris from your machine’s hot spots. If the debris is smouldering, soak it, stir it, and soak it again to make sure it’s out.


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SAFE CAMPFIRE

If you're having a campfire in the Forest Protection of Area, make sure it's fully extinguished when you are done. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until the ashes are cool to the touch. Never leave a campfire unattended! 


For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer
780-420-1968
wildfireinfo@gov.ab.ca 

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