Gateway Gazette

Fire Advisory Notice: M.D. of Foothills No. 31

Please keep in mind the dry cured grass, that it is very flammable.

A Very High Fire hazard is forecasted for all grass areas outside of the Forest Protection Boundaries.

Very High rates of fire spread are expected in windy conditions in any grass fuel type in snow free areas.

With the cured grass and the winds that we are experiencing in the Calgary Wildfire Management Area (CWMA), Extreme Caution is advised.

Please use Extreme Caution when fighting all fires in these conditions. Always work from an anchor point in these conditions when working on a wildfire.

Inside the Forest Protection Boundaries the Fire Hazard is rated at :

FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE CWMA

Due to the early snow melt from recent warm weather, a Fire Advisory is now in effect for the Calgary Wildfire Management Area (CWMA). Although snow remains in the backcountry, warmer temperatures have exposed areas of cured grass, which pose a wildfire risk.

  • Safe campfires are permitted in backcountry or random camping areas.
  • Safe campfires are allowed in campground fire rings.
  • Fire permits have been suspended, and no new permits will be issued.

Very High rates of fire spread are expected in windy conditions in any grass fuel type in snow free areas. With the cured grass and the winds that we are experiencing in the Calgary Wildfire Management Area, Extreme

Caution is advised.

NOTE: The Advisory only applies to the Forest Protection Area – M.D.s, Towns and Cities may have other limitations in effect. Check online at albertafirebans.ca or call 1-866-FYI-FIRE FREE.

PRESCRIBED FIRE

Thanks to the warm weather, ESRD (Environment and Sustainable Resource Development) will be continuing work with the Morley Fire Department to conduct prescribed fire on the Stoney Nakoda reserve March 10-20. Ignition will take place as conditions permit. Cured grass plots (2 to 60 hectares) will be burned to reduce the wildfire hazard. Some smoke may be visible from Highway 1/1A. For more information, call 1-866-916-INFO FREE.

WILDFIRE SEASON BEGAN MARCH 1

Fire permits are now required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area (excluding campfires).
You can get a free fire permit by contacting the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development office in:
Calgary 403-297-8800
Blairmore 403-562-3210

Fire Permits are mandatory in the MD of Foothills!

Burning Permits & Regulations

The burning of prohibited debris is against the law. Prohibited debris includes but is not limited to this list:

  • Tires
  • Plastics
  • Household Garbage
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Used motor oil
  • Furniture
  • Treated Products

Please only burn clean burnable debris. All other material can be disposed of at the Foothills Landfill and the tipping fees will be waved for MD of Foothills residents.

Thank you,

James (Jim) Smith, SCO-Fire
Foothills Fire Chief

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