Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 26 2023

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2023


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

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


As of 10:00 AM, Friday May 26, the fire ban and OHV restriction have been lifted in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.  A FIRE RESTRICTION is now in effect.

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FIRE RESTRICTION is in effect across much of the Forest Protection Area, including the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.


  • The Rocky Mountain House Forest Area will not be issuing fire permits


  • All outdoor wood fires in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
  • Charcoal briquettes in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
  • The use of fireworks and exploding targets


  • Wood campfires on private land and in designated campgrounds
  • Charcoal briquettes on private land and in designated campgrounds
  • Propane/natural gas-powered appliances
  • Open flame oil devices (e.g., turkey deep fryers, tiki torches)
  • Indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor
  • All appliances must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards

Please visit to view a map of the impacted area. This fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve across the province.



There are currently four wildfires burning in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. Two of these wildfires are out of control and two are classified as under control. Since January 1, 2023 there have been 52 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 119,141.41 hectares (ha).


RCU005Thanks to the hard work of the County, Alberta Wildfire and the Canadian Armed Forced, as of May 17 2023, we have classified RCU005 as being held.

Alberta Wildfire continues to support RCU005 with resources and given the current weather conditions, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.


Today, there were 132 firefighters and IMT support staff being shared between all fires on the Complex. There were 42 pieces of heavy equipment, and 13 helicopters assigned to the complex. An airtanker group was still available to respond if necessary. The 20-person Yukon team departed today and a new incoming 8-person crew arrived. The total size of the complex is 210,769.

Today, weather conditions improved allowing suppression activities to resume. Expect minimal fire behavior in the areas that received wetting rains. Smoldering and creeping fire spread under closed canopy timber stands is likely as the relative humidity drops to near 40%. Grass fuels with visible dead thatch in cut blocks and road/powerline right of ways will have potential for low fire spread in the afternoon. Some areas in the fire area may not have received much precipitation so those areas may have a bit more fire activity than forecasted. The trend is for slow warming and drying through Saturday.

EWF031 was detected on May 4 and is located 25 km west of Lodgepole, 20 km northwest of Brazeau Dam and 14 km southeast of Edson. The fire is classified as out of control and is estimated to be 119,806 ha in size.  Increased size is attributed to growth that has been observed over the last couple of days and due to more accurate mapping. 

There is a containment line on the north side of the fire working downwards towards 6 Mile Road as well as a containment line located south from Dora’s Corner (completed three days ago). Both lines will have continued air support as visibility allows, and it is safe for aviation resources to operate to perform bucketing.

EWF039 located near Carrot Creek, is currently being held. The fire is currently estimated to be 165 ha. The fire is fully wrapped in containment line and is a kilometer away from the Carrot Creek lookout tower. Crews have successfully left the area and have been repositioned on fire EWF031. Personnel are continuing to monitor the area available to respond if necessary.

RWF034 is located near the O'Chiese Reserve and classified as out of control. The fire is currently estimated at 86,071 ha in size. The increased size is attributed to growth that has been observed over the last couple of days and due to more accurate mapping. 

RWF034 and RWF040 have connected and will be managed as one fire although they will be tracked individually for the time being.

RWF040 The fire is being monitored by firefighters and support staff assigned to the complex and are able to respond if necessary. The fire is currently estimated to be 4,727 ha in size.  The increased size is attributed to growth that has been observed over the last couple of days and due to more accurate mapping. Growth has occurred mostly to the west. The Blackstone Lookout Tower in the area is currently not at risk. 

By: Kent Romney, Pembina Complex.

If you have any questions or concerns about the PEMBINA COMPLEX please call the Area Wildfire Information Officer:  Caroline Charbonneau at 780-740-1341

Lightning through the area has been causing many fire starts. Lightning can cause wildfire, which can smoulder on the ground for a few days before becoming active and visible. This is called a "holdover" fire. Alberta Wildfire follows weather forecasts and also tracks each lightning strike using a tracking system. This allows them to pinpoint where there are areas that have been heavily impacted by lightning. They then send out firefighters to patrol these areas.

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After thorough planning, AB Wildfire and U.S. firefighters are considering the use of a controlled burn operation. This will only occur if all weather, wind and other requirements are met. The methods used can include aerial ignition using helicopters between the southern edge of the EWF040 fire and the Brazeau River.

This activity may begin today May 26, 2023 in the afternoon and continue over the next several days as conditions permit safe and controlled burning operations. All safety precautions will be in place prior to start.

The goal of this operation is to remove the available fuel between the fire’s edge and the containment line. This strategy slows down and helps limit the spread of the wildfire by decreasing the amount of fire perimeter that must be managed by firefighters.

Firefighters will closely monitor and evaluate the situation as conditions change. In preparation for these operations, fire suppression equipment and firefighters will be in position to extinguish any flame that may be near the containment line. 

Note that increased smoke from this wildfire will be visible from surrounding communities. To find out where smoke is coming from, visit If you have health related concerns, please call Health Link at 8-1-1.


Since January 1, 2023 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 523 wildfires burning a total of 1,035,578.32 ha.


The 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.


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 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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