Clearwater County Councillors exercise the powers of the municipality through decisions made at Council meetings and define the policies and direction that municipal administration will put into action. (Section 150 of the MGA)
Below are policies set by Council categorized by departments.
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Todays fire rating is High
Current Fire Rating:High
Due to the continued dry, windy conditions and warming temperatures, effective Friday, May 26, 2023, Clearwater County is under a FIRE RESTRICTION.
Under this restriction:
Existing fire permits are suspended;
All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
Wood campfires in backcountry or random camping areas are prohibited; and
Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
Wood campfires in backcountry or random camping areas;
Fireworks and exploding targets.
Safe wood campfires within fire rings in public and private campgrounds
Backyard fire pits on private land
Charcoal briquette barbeques
Gas and liquid powered appliances (stoves, lanterns, fire rings)
Open flame oil devices (turkey deep fryers, tiki torches)
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Indoor wood fires
Never leave a campfire unattended.
Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
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Clearwater County has lifted the fire ban/OHV restriction as of May 26, 2023, and is now under a FIRE RESTRICTION.
Due to the continued dry, windy conditions and warm temperatures, Clearwater County continues to experience wildfire activity in the northern border area of the municipality. Alberta Wildfire Dashboard indicates that the largest fire in the County, RWF034 (NW of O’Chiese First Nation), continues to be classified as out of control at over 87,000 hectares. Heavy smoke is in the area at times.
Rocky Fire Centre office reports that firefighting crews, support staff, heavy equipment and helicopters continue to work on holding the wildfire. RWF034 is one of many large fires north of Clearwater County and combined they are referred to now as the Pembina Fire Complex (EWF031/039, RWF034/040).
Please avoid forested areas in the vicinity of any wildfires. Travelling into forested areas where a wildfire has burned can be risky, as burnt trees have compromised roots and may fall onto roads or trails.
Currently, there are no evacuation orders in Clearwater County, however, industry and recreational users in the northern portion of Clearwater County are asked to use caution if travelling south of Fire RWF034 west from Sunchild Road all the way west to the Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy 734) and the area south to Hwy 11.