Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Fire Advisory Removed - Rocky Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 26, 2018

Posted on Sun, Aug 26, 2018

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The Alberta Wildfire App issue has been solved. For up to date information on the wildfire situation in Alberta, download the free Alberta Wildfire App for your mobile device.

With the amount of smoke in the air, it is difficult to detect new wildfires. We ask that you are especially careful when lighting and extinguishing campfires, and that if you see a wildfire call 310-FIRE as soon as possible.


FIRE ADVISORY REMOVED

As of 10am on August 26th, the Fire Advisory in the Rocky Forest Area has been removed. Please continue to use caution when burning or using campfires.

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Smoke in the air

  • Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia continues to remain in the province and Rocky Forest Area. If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit the Alberta Air Quality Health Index for additional info. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast.
  • For more information on road conditions, please visit https://511.alberta.ca/map.html.


WILDFIRE SITUATION - Rocky Forest Area  |  August 26, 2018   |   11:30am

Skeleton Creek Wildfire (RWF-049)

This wildfire is listed as being held. Being held means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.

The cause of this fire has been determined as lightning.

This wildfire is burning along Skeleton Creek approximately 2 km northwest of Scalp Creek Natural Area. The size of the wildfire is approximately 1,243 hectares. Alberta Wildfire is currently fighting this wildfire using firefighters, helicopters and and heavy equipment.

As a result of this wildfire, Skeleton Creek Trail, and the eastern portion of the Forbidden Creek Trail have been CLOSED. Clearwater Trail, Cutoff Creek Trails, Timber Creek Trail, and Bighorn Creek Trail are OPEN. Scalp Creek Trail is OPEN from the Ya Ha Tinda Ranch up to trail marker CC7.
  • Skeleton Fire Closure Map
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  • The southern edge of the wildfire is approximately 2 km northwest of the Scalp Creek Natural Area and 12 km northwest of the Red Deer River. The north edge is approximately 3.5 km south of the Clearwater River. This wildfire is not threatening any communities or roads.


Porcupine Wildfire (RWF-045)

This wildfire is located in the Siffleur Wilderness Area, and is being held. The wildfire is approximately 1,884 hectares in size. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is working closely with Alberta Parks to manage this wildfire. This wildfire did not experience significant growth today. There are no values at risk from this wildfire.

  • Please note: the Siffleur Falls Trail has been re-opened up to the second set of falls within the Kootenay Ecological Reserve. The trail beyond that point remains closed due to proximity to the wildfire in the Siffleur Wilderness Area.

Rocky Forest Area Situation
  • Since March 1, 2018 there have been 55 wildfires in the Rocky Forest Area that have burned a total of 3,140.62 hectares.

Provincial Situation

  • There are currently 19 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 8 are being held, 8 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,173 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 58,512.51 hectares.

Alberta Emergency Alerts

  • Alberta Emergency Alerts provides you with critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is occurring and what action you need to take. You can visit their website at http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/ or download the Alberta Emergency Alerts (AEA) app for Apple or Android to stay up to date and in the know.

 
Visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for the latest up-to-date information on fire bans across the province OR download the mobile app for Apple and Android.