Calgary Area Update

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - March 1, 2022

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2022

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The current wildfire danger in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) is LOW. With cool seasonal temperatures and snow remaining on the ground in most areas, the wildfire danger should remain low in the short term. It is too early to predict the severity of the 2022 season, as the greatest impact will be from late season snowfall and early spring rainfall amounts.

Start of wildfire season 2022

WILDFIRE SEASON STARTS MARCH 1

Starting today, 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 Forest Area main office by calling 403-297-8800.

Remember to revisit any winter burn piles. If they are still active please contact us as soon as possible.   

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 coming from the ashes.

Last wildfire season, 1,308 wildfires burned 52,955 hectares in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Over 60 per cent of those wildfires were human-caused.


WILDFIRE SEASON PREPARATIONS

Preparations for the 2022 wildfire season in the CFA are well underway. The first wave of our seasonal wildland firefighters are completing fitness testing and will be in place this week. Equipment and specialized contracts are in place and facilities are beginning to open to support wildfire season start up. Over the coming weeks and months, additional staff will be onboarding and aircraft and additional facilities will be coming online. 


ACTIVE WILDFIRE IN THE CFA

There is one carryover wildfire from the 2021 wildfire season. CWF-170-2021 is located near Chain Lakes Provincial Park and is classified as UNDER CONTROL at 37 hectares. This wildfire is being monitored and when conditions allow, it will be scanned to ensure no hotspots remain.


WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION THIS WILDFIRE SEASON

Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area and across the Forest Protection Area. 

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Bookmark albertafirebans.ca or download the Alberta Fire Bans app to access information on fire advisories, fire restrictions and fire bans in effect across the province.

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*Coming soon*, a new wildfire dashboard to find expanded information on wildfires in Alberta with enhanced information, functionality and usability.  More information will be provided as it becomes available.


MORE INFORMATION:

Anastasia Drummond
403-818-0938
anastasia.drummond@gov.ab.ca


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