CURRENT CONDITIONS IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA
The average wildfire danger rating across the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) is MODERATE. Areas that were impacted by storms and showers are now LOW (predominantly in the northern portions of the CFA). There were however several pockets in the south of the CFA that did not receive the precipitation and the wildfire danger rating in those areas remains HIGH.
FIRE ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT IN THE CFA
Under this advisory:
- All existing fire permits are suspended, with the exception of burn barrels;
- No new fire permits will be issued until conditions change;
- Some essential burning may be allowed, at the discretion of a forest officer.
- Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.
- Safe wood campfires *
- Backyard fire pits
- Portable propane fire pits
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to:
- Be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
- Have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
- Have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire.
Although campfires are currently allowed, they may be restricted in the coming days if conditions warrant.
WILDFIRES IN THE CFA
There are currently no active wildfire in the CFA.
In the past week, wildland firefighters responded to and extinguished 15 wildfires in the CFA, the largest of which grew to 1.5 hectares. The majority of these were unattended or abandoned campfires left burning over the Canada Day long weekend. There were also two wildfires caused by lightning and two wildfires caused by powerline industry.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE*
Since March 1, there have been 718 wildfires which have burned 3,463 hectares in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province, please visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
*As of 10 am, July 8, 2021
Unless conditions change, you can expect your next update on July 15, 2021.
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