The wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area is very high and a fire advisory has been issued for the region.
The advisory was put into place Wednesday.
“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,” read a statement on the Alberta Government website.
Since January 1, there have been 60 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area which have burned 519 hectares. The Black Mountain Fire, which was discovered on July 19 and is located 19 kilometres west of Nordegg, is listed as under control at 480 hectares.
Campfires, backyard fire pits, portable propane fire pits and barbecues are still permitted. Buring anything other than a campfire without a valid permit is prohibited.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Red Deer County also issued a restricted fire order on Wednesday. Any fire currently burning with permission is permitted, while the ignition of new fires are no longer permitted and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.
This does not include fires that are contained within cooking or heating applications, barbecues and safe, residential fire pits.
Since January 1, there have been 1018 wildfires in Alberta which have burned 141,308 hectares.