Gateway Gazette

High to Extreme Fire Hazard Warning for Foothills

A Very High Fire to Extreme hazard is forecasted for all grass areas outside of the Forest Protection Boundaries. Although snow remains in the backcountry, warmer temperatures have exposed areas of cured grass, which pose a wildfire risk.

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.

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.

WEATHER

Strong westerly winds 90 gusting 100 km/h are expected to develop over southern Alberta today. The strong winds will persist through the afternoon before beginning to diminish to 40 km/h with gusts of 60 km/h this evening.

Indications are that the West winds will increase significantly today as the low pressure strengthens. Sustained winds in the Crowsnest and southern plains should reach 60 km/h with gusts of 90-100 km/h. These winds expected to persist into the evening. Temperatures are expected to reach 18-20 degree with low RH in all of southern Alberta. Crossover conditions will occur in parts of southern Alberta this afternoon.

Cautioned is strongly advised while responding to wildfires within cured grass areas. Warm temperatures, lower humidity’s and strong winds will have a significant impact on a wildfire.

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.

If any assistance is required on any new wildfire starts outside of the Forest Protection Area, please feel free to contact the Calgary Wildfire Management Area Duty Room at (403)297-8828.

Please ensure that all your field personnel are aware of the fire risk. Confirm with your staff that they ALL have the appropriate fire equipment and PPE while performing their duties while responding to any wildfire.

Source Foothills Fire Department

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