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Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update-July 22, 2021

Fire Advisory in Effect

Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 22, 2021

CURRENT CONDITIONS IN THE CALGARY FOREST AREA

Hot and dry conditions have persisted in the Calgary Forest Area (CFA) with virtually no precipitation.  The conditions in the south of the CFA are of particular concerns.  If a wildfire ignites in these conditions, it has the potential to spread extremely quickly. The forecast is calling for more of the same with high temperatures, low relative humidities and no precipitation.

A FIRE ADVISORY remains in effect for the Northern Portions of the Calgary Forest Area

 Areas in the CFA north of the Highwood are under a Fire Advisory.  In these areas, campfires in backcountry and random areas are not prohibited. Fire permits are very limited and only issued on a case-by-case basis.

Although campfires in backcountry and random camping areas are currently allowed in the northern portions of the CFA, they may be restricted in the coming days if conditions warrant.

Fire Advisory in Effect

Under this advisory:

  • All existing fire permits are suspended, with the exception of burn barrels;
  • No new fire permits will be issued until conditions change;
  • Some essential burning may be allowed, at the discretion of a forest officer.

Prohibited:

  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.

Allowed:

  • Safe wood campfires *
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to:

  • Be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
  • Have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
  • Have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire.

Although campfires are currently allowed, they may be restricted in the coming days if conditions warrant.

To see further information regarding the Fire advisory please visit: Calgary Forest Area Wildfire Updates

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