Post your 911 address near your phone and memorize it. Telus has now switched over to rural addresses for their 911 system. This means, when you place a call to 911, you must be able to provide your rural address to them.
Remember that your address MUST include both your house number and the ROAD NAME.
*Alberta First Call and most utility companies are now utilizing these rural/911 addresses in their systems as well.
What is Rural Addressing?
Rural Addressing is a standardized system for the purpose of assigning an address to rural properties within Clearwater County. Your rural address is more than just an address, it is also your 911 address. The objective of this program will allow every residence and business in the County to be easily identified and located by emergency response personnel such as police, fire, ambulance services, along with other local service and utility providers, residents and non-residents.
How are Rural Addresses created?
Rural Addresses are based on the location of the access (driveway) along Township Roads, Range Roads and Highways (for the purpose of Rural Addressing, virtual township roads exist between all sections whether an actual road exists or not).
The address of the residence/business is determined by the location of the driveway as it intersects the grid road (Twp. / Range Rd)
Address numbers increase from South to North and from East to West, with odd numbers being on the South and East side of the road and even numbers on the North and West side of the road.
The Grid is derived from Township and Range Roads. The grid is based on 40 meter intervals starting in the far Southeast Section corner.
391031 – RGE RD 6-2 the first 3 digits are the reference road to the south of the property – the next three digits denote which 40 meter interval the driveway is located. The last part of the address is the Access Road – RGE RD 6-2 Odd numbers indicates East side of Road – (Range Roads run north and South)
65036 – TWP RD 36-5 The first two digits tell us that we are west of Range Rd 6-5 (That is our reference road) – last three digits tell us which 40 meter interval in that section that the driveway is located on. TWP RD 36-5 – Access road (Which road we are physically on) Even number indicates property is on the North side of the road (Twp. Roads run East and West)
If there are two or more residences that access off the same driveway – the house number will be followed by a letter designation e.g. ( A, B, C, D) e.g. 341067A & 341067B RGE RD 4-1.
In 2008 the addressing of multi-lot subdivisions that are accessed from internal subdivision or forced roads throughout the County was completed. Each of these subdivisions has gone through a naming process and these names have been adopted by Clearwater’s Council. Within each subdivision the internal roads have been named and each property has been assigned a house number and road name. For Multi-lot Subdivisions, every property has been assigned an address whether vacant or improved with a residence/business
For the most part, addresses are in increments of four. They start at the main road and work inwards or in a clock-wise direction with the road they access off being the last part of their address. Where possible – the internal roads were named after the subdivision. Addresses in Multi-parcel Subdivision consists of a house number and a road name.
For example: 4 Clearwater Estates Close or 15 Echo Canyon Drive
Who Assigns Rural Addresses?
Rural Addressing information is assigned and maintained by the GIS Department. They maintain all the current addresses and assign new ones when development requires it. When an owner or developer requires a Rural Address for new development, they will request this information through the Planning and Development Department as a standard step in the development process.
Other Important Information
Aside from emergency assistance, utility companies, line locators, and delivery drivers, etc. are all now using rural addressing as well. The purpose of knowing your rural address is to ensure the best and quickest way of getting you whatever kind of assistance it is that you may need.
* Your rural address is not a mailing address nor does it replace your legal description.
* Rural Addressing Maps for both Multi-lot Subdivisions and Rural Clearwater can be found on our website
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR ROAD NAME IS PART OF YOUR RURAL ADDRESS AND IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR HOUSE NUMBER WHEN GIVING OUT YOUR ADDRESS.
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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.