Agriculture and Forestry began operations on the Hummingbird prescribed fire yesterday Monday May 14, 2018 with approximately 85 hectares burnt. Operations will continue today.
This prescribed fire will establish a fire break at the Ram River Gap and improve ungulate habitat.
Prescribed fires are the proactive, knowledgeable and controlled applications of fire to accomplish well-defined resource management objectives. These fires are applied under select weather conditions and managed to minimize risk and maximize the benefits to the site.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
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.
Learn more about the Alberta Fireban system
For more information on the wildfire situation in Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
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.
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Information Officer
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the Forest be with you