As we enter the dog days of summer, with warm temperatures and drier conditions, concern over wildfire risk rises.  

According to Alberta Wildfire, the wildfire danger for the Calgary Forest Area west of Cochrane is rated high.  

Alberta Wildfire says, “Remember: it only takes a few days of hot weather for things to start drying up Although there has been plenty of rain in the south, northern parts of the province are still seeing very high to extreme fire danger. If you see smoke or fire, be sure to call 310-FIRE (310-3473).” #ABWildfire 

Locally, Fire Inspector Jeff Avery says, “In Cochrane, we’re still fairly green but the Chief’s office is monitoring the weather situation on a daily basis. Right now, we’re under no restrictions so everyone can enjoy their backyard fires.” 

Avery reminds residents, “Regardless of if we are under any kind of restriction or not always use caution and follow the rules of a backyard firepit. Because if we do have incidents, that’s part of the reason why we would put advisories or bans in place if things start to get out of control.” 

Banff National Park is currently under a Fire Advisory while Rocky View County has no advisories or bans in place.