A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, Alta., in a Saturday, May 25, 2019, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Government of Alberta, Chris Schwarz

Fire restrictions in place for Rocky Mountain House Forest area

With hot and dry conditions over much of central Alberta, the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area wildfire danger is “very high.”

A fire restriction is now in place for the forest area, which means existing fire permits are suspended; outdoor fires presently burning under a permit must be extinguished; wood campfires on public land and fireworks and exploding targets are also prohibited.

Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are still allowed.

There is currently one wildfire in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. This wildfire is under control.

Since March 1, there have been 50 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 74 hectares.

Across the province, there are 18 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. One of these wildfires is out-of-control, six are being held and 11 are under control.

Since March 1, there have been 603 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 1,613 hectares.