WILDFIRE SEASON STARTED MARCH 1
As of March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard. Fire permits are free and can be requested from the Calgary Forestry office by calling 403-297-8800.
When checking your winter burns, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. Use your bare hand to feel for heat over the ash piles. If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning. Douse any remaining hotspots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes.
So far this wildfire season, 2 wildfires have burned 0.13 hectares.
CURRENT CONDITIONS IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA
While the fire danger rating remains low across the Calgary Forest Area, the recent warm conditions have started the spring snow melt. As more grassy areas become exposed and dry, there will be a corresponding increase in the local fire danger.
DEVIL'S HEAD WILDFIRE
The Devil’s Head Wildfire (CWF-156) from the 2020 wildfire season is classified as under control at 2420 ha. It is located in a remote area of the Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park.
This wildfire was monitored over the winter months by staff from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. When appropriate, this wildfire will be scanned for any active areas and actioned accordingly.
Burned areas should be avoided as they present a safety hazard due to standing dead or damaged trees that can fall without warning.
Unless conditions change, you can expect the next update on March 15, 2021.
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