High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Wildfire Update | August 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Posted on Thu, Aug 29, 2019

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The Chuckegg Creek wildfire is Under Control (UC). Please use caution within the Forest Protection Area. To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (3473). 

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FIRE PERMITS

In Alberta, wildfire season starts March 1.This means fire permits are required for any burning in the forested areas of the province with the exception of campfires. Fire permits are free and available from Agriculture and Forestry in the High Level Forest Area.

Due to the amount of large brush piles and windrow sites accumulated on the landscape Agriculture and Forestry patrolmen and staff have been working with land owners on a case by case bases to help reduce this issue. Please be aware with the Fire Advisory lifted and permits being issued again there may be smoke in the air caused by permit holders burning debris. 

To obtain a free permit, call 780-926-5407. Ensure you have the following info; daytime phone number, home location, burn site location and a description of what you plan to burn. Once this info is obtained an Agriculture and Forestry patrolman will schedule a visit with you to inspect your site. 


HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | AUGUST 29, 2019 AT 4:30 p.m.

There are currently 4 active wildfires in the High Level Area all of which are Under Control (UC). Click here for a map of all fire locations and their status within the High Level Forest Area. 

Firefighters, helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are positioned throughout the High Level Forest Area to respond to any new wildfire starts.

Wildfire of note:

  • The Jackpot Creek wildfire (HWF-066) is located north of Lutose and is Under Control (UC) at 74,331 hectares. 
  • The Chuckegg Creek fire is Under Control (UC) at 350, 134 hectares. There are 32 firefighters and support staff, 5 helicopters and heavy equipment working on this wildfire. 

Smoke and fire activity may occur along Highway 35 south and Highway 58 east of High Level as that area is within the perimeter of the Chuckegg Creek wildfire. Please use caution as you're traveling through these areas and consider slowing down as you pass through.

Although the Chuckegg Creek wildfire is listed as Under Control (UC), this doesn't mean the operation is over. Scanning operations continue to identify hot spots. Crews are working hard to put out all identified hot spots and ensure there is no threat to the established line. Crews are working hot spots along highway 58. Please slow down and allow them to work safely. Crews are also working to reclaim fire guard around Watt mountain and south of High Level along highway 35. Please use caution in these areas and respect the crews working in the area. 

Even with reduced fire activity areas of the fire will remain active within the perimeter. Please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings while travelling near the fire.


ALERTS AND EVACUATIONS | BE PREPARED, STAY INFORMED

Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app or visit their website by clicking here. You can also check with the county, the town or your local community to see if new alerts or evacuation orders have been issued.


ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION

To stay informed on all road closure information visit the Alberta Transportation website or download the mobile app.

SMOKE ISSUES

Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta has caused poor air quality and reducing visibility at times. Winds will continue to shift bringing smoky conditions. For health related smoke issues, please visit Alberta Health Services.


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Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer 

High Level Forest Area

Phone: 780-841-9387

1-866-FYI-FIRE

victoria.ostendorf@gov.ab.ca


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