(Black Press file photo).

(Black Press file photo).

Provincial Fire Advisory is in effect for Rocky area

Fire permits are cancelled

A provincial fire advisory is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area.

The dry forest, combined with expected warm temperatures, and high wind speeds is creating potential wildfire danger.

Existing fire permits are cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued until the advisory is lifted.

Any kind of burning, other than a campfire, is prohibited.

Permitted are: Backyard fire pits, portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves and barbecues, catalytic or infrared-style heaters, and campfires within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring — as long as there’s water on site to extinguish the fire.

Municipalities, parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.

Remember to never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it until it is cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Since March 1, the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area has had 10 wildfires burning a total of 4.41 hectares. Nine of these wildfires are extinguished and one has been turned over to the responsible party.

There are currently 12 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. Eight of these wildfires are under control, and four have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1, there have been 60 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 47.32 ha. The five-year average for this time period is 67 wildfires burning 100.31 ha.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

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