Rocky Mountain House Area Update

Rocky Forest Area Wildfire Update May 10 - Prescribed Fire

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2018




Pending favourable weather conditions, Agriculture and Forestry will begin operations on the Hummingbird prescribed fire on Monday May 15, 2018.

Operations will only commence should forecasted weather and on-the-ground conditions permit to ensure a safe operation that will meet the overall objectives of the prescribed fire.

Prescribed fires are the proactive, knowledgeable and controlled applications of fire to accomplish well-defined resource management objectives. These fires are applied under select weather conditions and managed to minimize risk and maximize the benefits to the site.

Prescribed fire supports FireSmart principles that reduce wildfire threat to Albertans and their communities by reducing the likelihood of large uncontrollable wildfires while creating a healthier forest.

Size 558 hectares
80 km south of Nordegg
- Establish a fire break at the Ram River Gap 
- Improve ungulate habitat PF_Hummingbird_40Mile_ Mar18


Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, a Fire Advisory is in place for the Rocky Forest Area starting May 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. For more information: Alberta Firebans. The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Light flashy fuels such as dry grass will ignite easily and spread quickly. All fire permits will be cancelled until further notice.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

Learn more about the Alberta Fireban system

For more information on the wildfire situation in Alberta, visit:

Be sure to extinguish your campfires
Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.
Check your winter brushpiles to ensure they are extinguished
- STIR IT: spread out the remaining material within the pile using a metal probe, or if necessary, heavy equipment. Dig down into the soil to make sure the fire has not burned down to the root system.
- SOAK IT: soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile. 
- STIR IT AGAIN: Roll the debris over. Using your bare hand, feel for heat while looking for steam. 
A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat coming from the ashes.


See where wildfire are burning in Alberta and how they impact you. Get up-to-date information on wildfire conditions and hazard. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
P 403.845.8351
May the forest be with you








Subscribe to Rocky Mountain House Updates