Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Mountain House Forest Area Update - April 9, 2024

Posted on Tue, Apr 09, 2024


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

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A fire advisory is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area. 

Under this advisory:

  • New permits will be considered on a case-by-case basis, only for essential burning.
  • Existing fire permits are valid but extension requests may not be granted. Permit holders must follow the safe burning conditions outlined on the fire permit.
  • New fire permits will not be issued for non-essential heavy fuel burning such as machine-piled brush piles and windrows.
  • New fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis, for essential burning only.


  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire is prohibited.

Stay informed on fire restrictions and fire bans in your area bay checking

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

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Get a permit

Fire permits are required for burning within the Forest Protection Area, except for a campfire. The early start is due to the drought conditions occurring in many areas of the province, which could lead to elevated fire danger if we do not receive significant rain in the spring.

Please do your part to help prevent human caused wildfires by using caution in forested areas. If you are planning a burning project make sure to follow conditions of your permit and follow safe burning guidelines. Stay informed of fire restrictions and fire bans in your area by checking Alberta Firebans

Fire permits are free and can be requested online. Visit to request your fire permit online. You may also request your fire permit by calling the Rocky Mountain House forestry office at 403-845-8250. 


Winter burning

Holdover fires are likely to occur this year due to dry conditions. A fire lit in the winter and left smouldering can burn under the snow and into the ground all winter long. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires. To prevent spring wildfires, check your winter burn sites frequently and ensure that all fires are completely extinguished.

Please get a fire permit for any burning project, other than a campfire, and always follow our safe burning guidelines.

Wildfire update

Since January 1, 2024, there have been two wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area burning 1.8 hectares. 

There are currently two wildfires burning in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. They are carryover fires from the 2023 wildfire season and are both under control. 

For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit Alberta Wildfire Status. 

2024 seasonal recruitment

Now hiring

Are you interested in joining the Alberta Wildfire team this summer? We hire a variety of positions for the 2024 wildfire season. Apply today through the Alberta Jobs portal



Your actions today can minimize wildfire damage to your home and property tomorrow. Visit the new FireSmart Alberta site to learn how you can reduce the risk and negative impact of wildfire to your home, neighbourhood and community.

To learn more on how you can protect your home and structures from wildfire, download the Farm and Acreage FireSmart magazine.

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