Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Wildfire Update - September 22, 2022

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2022

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The wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area is VERY HIGH. 

Report smoke or fire in the forest by calling 310-FIRE (3473). 


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If you are heading out into the forest remember to check albertafirebans.ca for any information related to fire bans in your area. 


WILDFIRE SITUATION

RWF-038, Black Mountain Fire 

This wildfire was discovered on July 19 and is located 19 km west of Nordegg. It is classified as under control, at 480 hectares. 


ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE FOREST AREA UPDATE

Since January 1, there have been 65 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area which have burned 521 hectares. 

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE 

Since January 1, there have been 1119 wildfires in Alberta which have burned 143,439 hectares.


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FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT 

A fire advisory is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.
 
Due to current and forecasted weather conditions a fire advisory is now in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. New permits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
Prohibited:
• Without a valid fire permit, any burning other than a campfire is prohibited 
 
Allowed:
• 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:
 
a)  be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
b)  have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
c)  have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and
d)  Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.
 
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
 
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

PRESCRIBED BURN 

Located in Banff National Park 

Banff will be conducting a prescribed fire over the next few days. Smoke may be visible from the area. To learn more about the prescribed burn please visit Parks Canada's website here.


Wildfire Dashboard

NEW WILDFIRE DASHBOARD

The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.

The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.


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WILDFIRE INFORMATION

Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.

Available for Apple and Android.

Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 


For more information contact:

Provincial Information Officer 
780-420-1968
 
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