The fire danger is MODERATE for the High Level Forest Area. The fire ban has been lifted and a fire advisory has been put into effect. To report a wildfire please call, 310-FIRE(3473).
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | MAY 29, 2020 AT 2:30 p.m.
Please be advised that airtankers and heavy helicopters will be doing a proficiency practice on the east side of the Chuckegg Creek fire in conjunction with firefighters working in that area. The practice is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 30, 2020.
Since March 1, 2020, the High Level Forest Area has recorded 19 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 84 hectares.
Since March 1, 2020, Alberta has recorded 248 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 430 hectares.
A hotspot on the east side of the Chuckegg Creek fire is active. This hotspot is burning within the fire perimeter and is approximately 111 hectares in size. Smoke from this hotspot can be visible to nearby communities. There are 28 firefighters, two helicopters, and heavy equipment working on extinguishing this hotspot.
Firefighters have set up a base on the east side of the fire with firefighting resources and heavy equipment. This will allow firefighters to respond quickly to any new hotspots that may pop up. Firefighters continue to use infrared scanning to further identify hotspots on the east side of the fire as well.
Going into winter last year firefighters had recorded 50 hectares of active ground fire. Most of the areas discovered were in the east where the landscape is covered with peat moss. Peat moss can be challenging to work in as the fire can smoulder down to 10 feet. All these identifiable areas of ground fire were extinguished with heavy equipment.
Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment continue to work on extinguishing these areas and are monitoring for any new ones.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT | AS OF MAY 26, 2020
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and favourable weather conditions in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has now been revoked and a fire advisory has been put into effect.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
- 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, allowing Albertans the freedom to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. 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.
For more information, please contact:
High Level Forest Area,
Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation