The entire MD of Bighorn, including all hamlets, is in the Calgary Forest Area of the Forest Protection Area.
Light to moderate precipitation reached almost all corners of the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) and the average wildfire danger is now MODERATE. Pockets of HIGH to VERY HIGH wildfire danger remain in central portions of the CFA where the precipitation amounts were lower.
PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
Numerous wildfires continue to burn in many areas of the province. A provincial state of emergency has been declared. Albertans who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire related information. https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx
AMENDMENTS TO FIRE BAN AND OHV RESTRICTION
As of 10:00 AM, Friday May 26, the fire ban and OHV restriction have been lifted in the CFA. A FIRE RESTRICTION is now in effect.
DETAILS OF FIRE RESTRICTION
A FIRE RESTRICTION is in effect across much of the Forest Protection Area, including the Calgary Forest Area.
Under this FIRE RESTRICTION:
- The CFA will not be issuing fire permits
- All outdoor wood fires in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
- Charcoal briquettes in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
- The use of fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land and in designated campgrounds
- Charcoal briquettes on private land and in designated campgrounds
- Propane/natural gas-powered appliances
- Open flame oil devices (e.g., turkey deep fryers, tiki torches)
- Indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor
- All appliances must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards
Please visit albertafirebans.ca to view a map of the impacted area. This fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve across the province.
The heaviest smoke has cleared for the time being, but there is still the possibility that smoke from wildfires in the central and northern areas of the province may push south. There are no wildfires in the Calgary Forest Area producing smoke. Firesmoke.ca is an online tool that tracks wildfire smoke. Visit this site to view where the smoke is coming from and how long it is expected to linger. If you have health related concerns, please call Health Link at 811.
For more information please visit https://srd.web.alberta.ca/calgary-area-update