(Advocate file photo).

(Advocate file photo).

Provincial fire advisory issued for the Rocky forest area

A fire advisory is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, due to dry conditions.

Under this advisory: Existing fire permits are cancelled and no new permits will be issued until conditions change.

Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.

What is allowed: Safe wood campfires, backyard fire pits, portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves and barbecues, and catalytic or infrared-style heaters.

The provincial government cautions: Never leave a campfire unattended. “Soak it, stir it and soak it again until 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.

There’s one active wildfire in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. This wildfire is currently out of control and has burned 15 hectares.

It’s located about three km south of Elk River Road and 14 km west of Brazeau Reservoir. There are currently eight wildland firefighters working to control it, with support from air tankers.

Since March 1, there have been 18 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 22.22 hectares.

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