Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Forest Area Wildfire Update May 3 - Prescribed Fire

Posted on Thu, May 03, 2018




Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be assisting Parks Canada with a prescribed fire at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. 

Weather permitting, Parks Canada fire managers plan to complete the second phase of a small prescribed fire to burn the bison paddock pasture at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site as early as May 6, 2018.  The proposed fire is 24 hectares in size and will help protect the historic site from wildfire and improve forage quality for bison.

For more information contact or call 403-760-0934


Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, a Fire Advisory is in place for the Rocky Forest Area starting May 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. For more information: Alberta Firebans. The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Light flashy fuels such as dry grass will ignite easily and spread quickly. All fire permits will be cancelled until further notice.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

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Be sure to extinguish your campfires
Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.
Check your winter brushpiles to ensure they are extinguished
- STIR IT: spread out the remaining material within the pile using a metal probe, or if necessary, heavy equipment. Dig down into the soil to make sure the fire has not burned down to the root system.
- SOAK IT: soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile. 
- STIR IT AGAIN: Roll the debris over. Using your bare hand, feel for heat while looking for steam. 
A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat coming from the ashes.


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Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P 403.845.8351
May the forest be with you