Wildfires force trail closures in Rocky Forest Area

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
September 5, 2017 - 1:45pm

Four wildfires in the Rocky Forest Area have led to the closure of several trails.

Coral Creek valley, White Rabbit Trail/Hummingbird, and the area adjacent to Crescent Falls remain closed to the public to provide locations for firefighting operations.

Officials have provided the following updates when it comes to status of each of the wildfires:

RWF-62 is now being held at 654* hectares and is located in the Coral Creek area

RWF-63 is now being held at 463* hectares and is located in the upper South Ram drainage.

RWF-64 is is under control at 0.1 hectares and is located north of Nordegg.

RWF-65 is out of control at 67 hectares located near Crescent falls.

* area has decreased since Sept. 3 report due to more detailed mapping

A Fire Advisory remains in effect the Rocky Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to current and forecasted weather conditions.

Under this advisory, all existing permits will be canceled and no new permits will be issued.

Prohibited

 - Any burning other than a campfire  

Allowed

 - Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas

 - Charcoal briquettes

 - Portable propane fire pits

 - Gas or propane stoves and barbecues

 - Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

More details are available at www. http://wildfire.alberta.ca

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