Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Forest Area update - January 16, 2019

Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2019


Fire permits are not required for winter burning however, you are responsible for any fires you ignite and must ensure they are extinguished before the start of the 2019 wildfire season.

Snow will not put out a fire. A fire left smouldering can continue to burn under the snow all winter long and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring.

Follow these tips to prevent wildfires this spring

  • Spread remaining material within the pile and soak with water as required.
  • Check the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile – it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the following weeks to ensure
    it has not reignited.

Applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 are now open! Apply for your chance to receive $500 to put towards a FireSmart activity or event in your communityUpdated-WCPD-logo-2019-300x295

  Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 | FireSmart Canada


Bring your neighbours together to reduce wildfire risks. Here are a few ideas to help get you started with your Wildfire Community Preparedness Day application:

  • Hold a FireSmart information session with your neighbours. Reach out to your local fire department and invite them to introduce FireSmart to community members. Ask each resident to make one FireSmart commitment and then hold a follow up meeting to see how everyone is doing!

  • Hold a FireSmart work bee – invite local residents to roll up their sleeves and clean up dead and downed woody debris surrounding the community.

  • Hold a FireSmart chipping event – invite local residents clean up vegetation on their properties and haul it to the end of their driveway for pick up and chipping.

  • Invite the local fire department to come and help conduct FireSmart structure and site hazard assessments. Ask residents to commit to one action item on their property and then hold a contest with a prize to the most active community member.

  • Work collectively with your neighbours to make sure that every house in your neighbourhood have eaves that are clean and free of debris! Celebrate these activities with a community BBQ after!

Applications will close on March 9 at 1600 Mountain.
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Barry A. Shellian RPFT | Wildfire Information Officer
Rocky Forest Area
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Forestry Division
May the Forest be with you


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