(Advocate file photo).

Fire restriction in place for Rocky Mountain House forest area

Two out of control wildfires currently burning in the region

A fire restriction is now in effect for the south and western portions of the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, west of the forestry trunk road and south of Highway 11.

Wood campfires are no longer permitted on public land, which includes backcountry and random camping areas, as well as no fireworks.

Fires that are still permitted include wood campfires on private land and within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring, backyard fire pits, charcoal briquette barbeques propane or natural gas-fueled appliances, indoor wood fires and open flame oil devices.

There are currently two wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.

RWF-070 is out of control at 155 hectares in size, with 47 firefighters and four helicopters assigned to the fire. RWF-071 is out of control at 66 hectares in size with 18 firefighters and four helicopters assigned to the area.

Since March 1, there have been 72 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 316.4 hectares.

Provincially, there are 50 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two are out of control wildfires, 15 are being held and 33 are under control.

Since March 1, there have been 947 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 47,579.11 hectares.