Current Projects

2019-2020 Projects

Back 40 Project Notice- Phase 3

During the winter months of January, February, and March 2020, FireSmart activities will be performed in the Back 40 in Unit 4, which is commonly referred to as Phase 3 (please refer to the attached map). A summary of the following activities will take place:

  • Standing live conifer will have branches limbed up to 2 m.
  • Due to the high intensity fire created in a wildfire, all black spruce and ground juniper will be mulched (this is a very small component of the overall stand).
  • Mulch a high percentage of the understory unless there is no overstory (field calls will be made for these areas during operations).
  • The heavy down-and-dead component will be mulched. 
  • Overall spacing will be completed to realize an average 3 to 6 metre crown-spacing between conifers. We will also space the conifer in clumps as well as individual stems to add to diversity to the overall stand composition. Clumping will help alleviate blowdown after treatment for the shallow rooting white spruce while maintaining nesting opportunities and other wildlife habitat. 
  • All identified (flagged) wildlife trees will be protected.
  • The standing healthy coniferous component of the unit will be maintained.
  • All deciduous trees will be maintained unless deemed to be a safety hazard.

Latest Contract News

In November, pre-selected contractors were invited to bid. Contractors must attend the mandatory field visit to discuss the scope of work. The MD of Bighorn will announce the selected contractor prior to operational start up, with CCI Inc. acting as the Supervising Contractor for the project.

Activities in the Back 40

Depending on weather and site conditions work will start as early as January 2, 2020. Operations are expected to be completed around March 1, 2020. There will be no work done on Sundays. To ensure the Safety of all the public and operations personnel, access to the areas of operations is restricted. Signage will be provided at all Back 40 entrances and respective areas of operations. Please do not approach the operating machines for any reason. Firewood is expected to be minimal, though available for residents, post FireSmart Operations with a TM66 application. 

Project Contacts

MD of BighornRobert Ellisrobert.ellis@mdbighorn.ca403-673-3611
SV of WaiporousSherri Bureykoadmin@waiporous.ca403-554-5515
CCIDarin LeadlyDarin.leadly@ccisolutions.ca403-896-9299


Exshaw FireSmart Fuel Reduction Project

March 11, 2020- Update- 2019-20 Exshaw FireSmart Fuel Reduction Project has been successfully completed. 

The MD of Bighorn No.8 has completed the 2019-2020 Exshaw FireSmart fuel reduction project in the hamlet of Exshaw to reduce the threat of wildfire to life and property. The project started in November and is now complete.


For further information please call:

Stew Walkinshaw, Project Supervisor at 403-678-7054

2018-2019 Projects

Lac Des Arcs

The community of LDA is undergoing a firesmart program which commenced on November 8, 2018.  The project consists of forest fire fuel reduction work: thinning of trees, limbing up branches, and removal of dead-fall, on municipal property in the hamlet. The project does not involve any private land.  The FireSmart Crew will start burning FireSmart hand piles in Block 1 on Wednesday November 21, 2018 and will be burning weekdays until further notice (~2 months) at the Hamlet of Lac Des Arcs in the S 1/2 Sec23 and N 1/2 Sec14-Twp24-Rge9-W5M. 


Back 40- Phase 2

FireSmart planning was undertaken by the partners and is moving forward under the guidance of the Back 40 FireSmart Committee (a GWTA working committee with members from Benchlands, Ghost, SVW and Forestry) as funding opportunities arise with community information and consultation occurring at each operational planning step.

The second operational work phase of the Back 40 Fire Smart Plan is expected to begin the week of January 7, 2019 and continue to the end of February.   Trail users are asked to respect all the safety requirements of these operations.   There will not be any work on Sundays.

The first operational work on the Back 40 Fire Smart Plan was completed before Christmas 2017.  The Back 40 FireSmart Feb20-18 Flyer provides more details on the work completed with area resident firewood removal information.  The Back 40 and SVW FireSmart Committees held a public information and feedback session February 24/18 at the Waiparous Community Services Building. This was the main opportunity to provide your feedback and input into the next operational phases of the Back 40 FireSmart plan but you can also provide feedback to  

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