High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Update - June 29, 2020

Posted on Mon, Jun 29, 2020


The fire danger is HIGH for the High Level Forest Area and a fire advisory is in effect. Even though the area has received rain the forested areas are drying out due to the hot, dry, windy weather. Please use caution with all open fires. To report a wildfire please call, 310-FIRE(3473).


(Wildfire HWF033, Saturday June 27, 2020. This fire is Being Held (BH) at 19 hectares.)


Due to thunderstorms and lightning in the area over the weekend firefighters responded to seven new wildfires. There are three active wildfires in the High Level Forest Area. Of these fires, one is classified as Being Held (BH) and two are classified as Under Control (UC). Click here for a map of the fire location and its status within the High Level Forest Area.

Wildfires of note:

  • Fire (HWF033) is approximately 20 km southwest of the community Meander. This wildfire is classified as Being Held (BH) at 19 hectares in size. Smoke may be visible from the community and highway 35 north of High Level. This fire is not a threat to the community at this time. There are 17 firefighters, and one helicopter working on this fire. 

Since March 1, 2020, the High Level Forest Area has recorded 34 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 106.7 hectares.

Since March 1, 2020, Alberta has recorded 335 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 735.36 hectares.

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CHUCKEGG CREEK WILDFIRE | June 29, 2020 AT 9:00 a.m.

The 111 hectare hotspot on the east side of the Chuckegg Creek wildfire that firefighters have been working on these past few weeks has been extinguished. However, there is still work to be done on the fire before the Chuckegg fire can be classified as extinguished. The anticipated remainder of work is because of the large area covered by the wildfire and in the east the fire continues to burn deep into the peat moss.

As summer progresses, firefighters and equipment will continue to man up at the Sandy Pines day base close to the east side to allow for monitoring and quick response to any additional hotspots that may surface.  Aerial patrols will continue over the fire as well as low level altitude infrared scans to help identify hotspot areas.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

Fire Advisory


Due to reduced wildfire hazard, advanced operational preparedness and favourable weather conditions in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has now been revoked and a fire advisory has been put into effect.

A fire advisory means Albertans in the Forest Protection Area can safely enjoy the use of a fire pit in their backyard, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire.


  • safe wood campfires 
  • backyard fire pits
  • charcoal briquette barbecues
  • use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
  • catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • safe burning with a permit
  • recreational off-highway vehicle use

Not permissible:

  • burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
  • unattended or unsafe campfires

Permits may not be issued as usual under a fire advisory. These precautions were put in place as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan to avoid multiple disasters at a time when resources may be limited. Two hundred additional firefighters were hired and are now trained and positioned to respond to new wildfire starts.

Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area. We will re-evaluate daily. We expect this fire advisory to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.

Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Although the off-highway vehicle restriction is no longer in place, if you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember to check your hotspots regularly to prevent unintended wildfire starts.

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For more information, please contact: 

Phone: 1-866-394-3473

Victoria Ostendorf

High Level Forest Area,

Wildfire Information Officer





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