Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services (CRFRS) was established 1999 when the Emergency Services from Clearwater County, Town of Rocky Mountain House, and Village of Caroline were combined. CRFRS protects Clearwater County and the municipalities with five stations. The fire stations are located in Nordegg, Rocky Mountain House, Leslieville, Condor, and Caroline. With these five stations, the Fire Rescue Services provide Fire Suppression, Vehicle Extrication, First Medical Response, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, and Public Education services to the residents of Clearwater County and area.
to be redirected to the CRFRS website - which provides more information on CRFRS stations, how to become a volunteer.
Fire Bans - Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out if there is a fire ban in place?
Clearwater County encourages individuals to visit www.albertafirebans.ca
for up-to-date fire ban information across the province.
Where is the Forest Protection Area (FPA)?
for the Government of Alberta's map outlining the Forest Protection Area (FPA) in the province.
for the FPA map inside Clearwater County.
for scalable map of the FPA in relation to Clearwater County.
Where can I get wildfire updates for Rocky Mountain House?
for a link to Alberta Wildfire's website for Rocky Mountain House area updates.
What is the difference between a fire advisory, fire restriction and a fire ban?
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a five level colour-coded system for putting on fire bans in the FPA of Alberta. The system increases efficiency in applying fire use restrictions during increasing fire hazard. It also provides more advanced warning about possible impacts on burning and campfires. The intent is to provide a consistent system.
Fire permits are required during fire season for any type of burning in the FPA, except campfires. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas.
The fire hazard rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve.
Generally, this level is meant to inform that there is a high fire danger and that there may be certain types of restrictions on burning. It may be used as a "warning” that a more restrictive fire ban may be coming if the situation does not improve. You may also see a fire advisory for short-term concerns like major wind events.
Safe campfires are allowed in fire rings in campgrounds only. No campfires (or other open fires) or charcoal briquettes are allowed in backcountry or random camping areas. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. Fire permits may be suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. If the situation continues to worsen, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will put on a fire ban.
This level acts as a higher level or warning before a fire ban. Certain types of burning will be restricted, while certain types will be allowed. It is important to read the details of the fire restriction as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation.
No campfires (or other open fires) are allowed in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
This level is usually put in place when a municipality has taken steps to restrict or prohibit certain types of fire use within that area. It is important to read the details of the fire ban as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation.
The fire danger has reached such extreme levels that portions of the forest are closed and no access is permitted for public safety concerns.
* Every municipality in Alberta may have slightly different legislation or bylaws for fire bans. It is important to read the details of each posting carefully and to contact your local municipality if you have any questions or concerns.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is the wildfire authority (under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act) in the FPA of Alberta and control all aspects of wildfire management, including fire bans. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry manages and responds to all wildfires in this area and is responsible for issuing permits and putting on fire bans.
Even if they are within the FPA, any city, town, village or summer village has the authority to put on their own fire bans as they are outside Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s jurisdiction.
During times of high wildfire hazard, the province may use a ministerial order to issue a fire restriction, fire ban or forest closure within the Forest Protection Area. This is a temporary law put in place to lower the risk of human-caused wildfires when the hazard is high. Check below for a list of past and present orders related to Forestry Division activities.
Links to additional Government of Alberta Information/Resources
What you may want to know before heading out:
Campfires and Burning
Make Sure your Fire is Out!
Alberta Environment and Parks and Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services as partners in protection are working together to provide community awareness of fire prevention and safety. When heading out this May Long weekend, remember fire safety and make sure that your campfire is out! Last year, abandoned campfires accounted for over 80% of the wildfires in the Clearwater Wildfire Management Area. When building a campfire, use caution in selecting a site, preparing your fire, and putting it out - remember that even a small campfire has the potential to become an unmanageable and devastating wildfire that threatens public safety.
When selecting a site, always use the campfire facilities that are provided. If there are no stoves, rings or pits, choose a site that is away from dry grass, heavy bush, leaves, logs and overhanging branches. Ideally, this site should be on level ground near a water source and sheltered from the wind. Once a site is selected, scrape down to mineral soil and set stones, gravel or sand around the rim to contain embers and hot ashes. NEVER use lighter fluid or gasoline to start the fire. Keep your fire small and attend it at all times.
When it is time to put your fire out, spread the fire remains, add plenty of water and stir. Continue adding water or loose dirt and stir until you can no longer see smoke or steam. When you think the fire is out, place your hand above the ashes. If you do not feel any heat and can touch the ashes, the campfire is out. Be sure the campfire is out before you leave! Remember that when wildfire hazard is high, campfires may be restricted in certain areas of the province. For information on fire bans, visit albertafirebans.ca
or call 1-866-FYI-FIRE.
Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs)
Alberta Environment and Parks and Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services as partners in protection are working together to provide community awareness of fire prevention and safety. Each year, thousands of people visit the Clearwater Area to enjoy the stunning, natural beauty while taking part in a number of recreational activities, including off highway vehicle (OHV) use. Unfortunately, as the popularity of OHVs increases, so do the number of wildfires that they cause.
How do they start?
An exhaust system heats up to over 204 C, the ignition threshold of forest vegetation. At these temperatures, any debris such as grass and muskeg located near the exhaust system can ignite and potentially start a wildfire.
What can I do to prevent MY OHV from starting a wildfire?
Before you ride, inspect your OHV and clear out any debris that has built up near the exhaust and under the seat. After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any debris. Dispose of the hot debris safely by making sure that it is out! Ensure that the muffler and spark arresters on your OHV are in good working condition and always carry a small fire extinguisher and collapsible shovel.
Ensure that there are not any fire bans or forest closures in the area by visiting the website www.albertafirebans.ca
before you head out.
By being aware that your OHV could possibly start a wildfire and by taking the proper precautions, you can prevent a potentially devastating event. Remember, if you are responsible for starting a wildfire you can be charged under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and be held responsible for the costs incurred to fight it. If you see smoke or fire in the forest, call toll-free 310-FIRE.