A helicopter pilot prepares to drop water on a wildfire burning in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wildfire danger high in Rocky Mountain House Forest Area

A fire advisory remains in effect for the Rocky Mountain House forest area, due to upcoming hot and dry weather.

New fire permits will only be given out on an as-needed basis and any burning without a permit, other than a campfire is prohibited.

Safe wood campfires, backyard fire pits, portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves and barbecues and catalytic or infrared-style heaters are still allowed. The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions change.

There are currently no wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, but the wildfire danger remains high.

Since March 1, there have been 67 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, burning a total of 91 hectares.

There are currently 55 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. There are no out of control wildfires, 22 are being held, 32 are under control, and one has been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1, there have been 925 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 47,820 hectares.