Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Forest Area - UPDATED TRAILS AND AREA CLOSURE MAP August 9 12:30 p.m.

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2018

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NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App is not updating. Please use the wildfire status map on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for current locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue.


WILDFIRE DANGER

The wildfire danger is now HIGH across the Rocky Forest Area. With the current weather forecast of hot, dry and windy conditions could result in the fire danger level reverting back to EXTREME by Friday. Please continue to exercise caution with any campfires, as the current conditions remain very conducive to wildfires starting.

As a reminder, please do not leave your campfires unattended, and make sure they are fully extinguished before leaving them by soaking them, stirring the ashes, and soaking the ashes again to ensure they are cool to the touch before leaving the site. 


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Due to continued hot and dry conditions, a fire advisory is in effect as of 10:00am today for the Rocky Forest Area.

  • All fire permits are suspended
  • No new permits will be issued
  • Safe campfires are allowed

WILDFIRE SITUATION  |  August 9, 2018   |   12:30 p.m. 

Rocky Forest Area

  • Skeleton Creek Wildfire (RWF-049): UPDATED TRAILS AND AREA CLOSURE MAP. This wildfire is burning along Skeleton Creek approximately 5.4 km northwest of Scalp Creek Natural Area. The wildfire is approximately 624 hectares in size. Alberta Wildfire is currently fighting this wildfire using helicopters, airtankers and and heavy equipment. As a result of this wildfire, Clearwater Trail, Scalp Creek Trail and trail south of Lost Guide Lake are closed effective immediately. 
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  • Porcupine Wildfire (RWF-045): This wildfire is located in the Siffleur Wilderness Area. The wildfire is approximately 590 hectares in size. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is working closely with Alberta Parks to manage this wildfire. 
  • This picture shows activity on the wildfire on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

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  • Please note the Kootenay Ecological Reserve and Siffleur Wilderness Area are CLOSED due to proximity to the wildfire. The Siffleur Falls trailhead and staging area are OPEN to the public, but public access is limited up to the footbridge on the trail. Please visit Alberta Parks for alternative trail options.
  • This map indicates the current location of the wildfire and the containment boundary for growth.

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  • Since March 1, 2018 there have been 50 wildfires in the Rocky Forest Area that have burned a total of 1,222.58 hectares.

Provincial Situation

  • There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 1 is out of control, 8 are being held, 12 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,102 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 50,424.99 hectares. 

Smoke in the air

  • Smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia has drifted into the Rocky Forest Area.
  • If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast. 
 

 
Download AlbertaFireBans for the latest up-to-date information on fire bans across the province. Download the mobile app today for Apple and Android.  

Derek Gagnon
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P 780.499.8178
May the Forest be with you