High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Wildfire Update | October 31, 2019

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2019

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SAFE BURNING PRACTICES ARE ALWAYS IN SEASON

The 2019 wildfire season in Alberta officially ends today. Fire permits are no longer required for burning, however you are still responsible for any fires you light throughout the fall and winter months.

Best practice for burning debris is to burn clean piles. By doing so, the piles burn faster and in result can help lessen smoke impacts to your community. Also remember to spread out the debris to help extinguish it. Proper signage is also needed along roadways when burning debris and can be located by contacting La Prairie Group or Mackenzie County. 

A fire left smouldering can burn underground all winter long and cause a wildfire in the spring. Firefighters urge you to go back and check your winter burns to ensure they are extinguished. Before conducting your winter burning review Brush Piles and Windrows Safe Burning Practices.


HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | October 31, 2019 AT 4:30 p.m.

There are currently 2 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. 

Although the Chuckegg Creek wildfire is listed as Under Control (UC), this doesn't mean the operation is over. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and are working to identify hotspots within the fire perimeter.

Crews are also working to reclaim fire guard around Watt mountain and south of High Level along highway 35. Please use caution 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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