A Fire Advisory remains in effect for the High Level Forest Area. Use caution within the Forest Protection Area. To report a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (3473). The Jackpot Creek fire is Under Control (UC).HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA UPDATE | JULY 22, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M.
There are currently 20 active wildfires in the High Level Area. Of these fires, 5 are Out of Control (OC), 8 are Being Held (BH) and 7 are Under Control (UC).
(See below for details on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire). Click here for a map of all fire locations and their status within the High Level Forest Area.
Wildfires of note:
- Fire (HWF143) is located 53 km to the southeast of South Tall Cree and is classified as Out of Control (OC) at an estimated size of 11.1 hectares. There are 9 firefighters and 1 helicopter along with airtanker support working on this fire. There is no threat to the community at this time.
- Fire (HWF141) is located 47 km east of North Tall Cree and is classified as Out of Control (OC) at an estimated size of 5.9 hectares. There are 9 firefighters and 1 helicopter working on this fire. There is no threat to the community at this time.
- Fire (HWF140) is located 45 km to the southeast of South Tall Cree and is classified as Out of Control (OC) at an estimated size of 253 hectares. There are 25 firefighters, helicopters and airtanker support working on this fire. There is no threat to the community at this time.
- Fire (HWF134) is located 42 km south of Fox Lake and is classified as Under Control (UC) at an estimated size of 4 hectares. There are 4 firefighters and 1 helicopters working on this fire. There is no threat to the community at this time.
- Fire (HWF127) is located 26 km west of Garden River and is classified as Under Control (UC) at an estimated 60 hectares. There are 25 firefighters, heavy equipment and 3 helicopters working on this fire. There is no threat to any communities at this time.
- Fire (HWF126) is located 20 km northwest of Zama City and is classified as Being Held (BH) at an estimated size of 45 hectares. There are 33 firefighters and 3 helicopters working on this fire. There is no threat to any communities at this time.
- Fire (HWF-113) is located 62 km southeast of the Town of Rainbow Lake and is Being Held (BH) at 132 hectares. There are 26 firefighters and 3 helicopters working on this fire. There is no risk to communities at this time.
- The Jackpot Creek wildfire (HWF-066) is located north of Lutose and is Under Control (UC) at 74,331 hectares. There are 30 firefighters, 4 helicopters and 9 pieces of heavy equipment working on this fire.
NOTE: Unless conditions change, the next update will be at 11:00 a.m. on July 23, 2019.
Firefighters, helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are positioned throughout the High Level Forest Area to respond to any new wildfire starts.
Ignition burning begins - July 22, 2019
CHUCKEGG CREEK WILDFIRE UPDATE | JULY 22, 2019 AT 8:00 P.M.
- Last recorded size: 349,065 hectares
- Fire perimeter: 632 km
- There are 630 firefighters and support staff, 44 helicopters and 61 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this wildfire.
Heavy smoke may occur along Highway 35 south and Highway 58 east of High Level. Please use caution as you're traveling through these areas and consider slowing down as you pass through.
If you have any health concerns related to smoke activity, please contact Alberta Health Services for assistance or call 811.
A mandatory evacuation has been issued for a small number of residents. For more information, visit the Mackenzie County Facebook page.
Today remained fairly quiet for fire activity as smoke coverage limited the extreme fire conditions to develop into substantial growth. Firefighters, helicopters, heavy equipment and airtankers (when needed) will continue tying containment lines together into established natural boundaries or fireguard already built.
The planned controlled ignition operations west of La Crete on the west side of the Peace River started a little later than planned today as the window to burn wasn't ready until approximately 3:30 p.m. Ignition specialists seem to have a good window to keep burning into the evening, pending conditions remain in their favour. The plan remains to work along the west edge of the Peace River, burning one mile in to slow down fire behaviour potential.
Firefighters and structural protection support teams will be monitoring the fire into the evening and overnight, and will be ready to respond to any fire activity that may arise.
The west side of the fire remained quiet today as well, as small hotspots were identified in non-priority zones. In the southern end, infra-red scanning continues to aid firefighters in finding priority area hotspots to address and extinguish.
The trend for crossover conditions remains as temperatures should reach 30 degrees with a relative humidity of 25%. Winds will be from the east/northeast at 10-15 km/hr., which may make visibility difficult on the fire and in surrounding communities.
Extreme fire behaviour potential is expected to continue for the next several days, with similar temperatures and relative humidity. Please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings while traveling near the fire.
Some of the many heavy equipment pieces preparing to head to the fireline - July 22, 2019
Did you know?
Our team of ignition specialists come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The team of five specialists comes with over 180 years of fireline and fire management experience!
Although the Chuckegg Creek wildfire has not completely burned the entire interior of the fire, the current perimeter is over 610 km around - that's like driving from Edmonton to Calgary, and back!
Although the ignition burn is taking place near the water delivery system on the eastern side, it's still proving to be a very effective tool in limiting spread along the southern portion of the horseshoe. Large pumps, water tanks, a large water reservoir and sprinklers are being utilized for sprinkler operations and will be running 24/7 to help flood the area where the fire is burning in deep peat moss. Having this operation in place will continue to aid firefighters with direct attack on the fire perimeter.
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire will continue to be an active wildfire situation. As a result, smoke may be present along nearby highways and communities. Please use caution as you travel through these areas to ensure the safety of firefighters and community residents.
FIRE ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA
A Fire Advisory remains in effect due to the hotter temperatures, no significant rainfall and the ongoing wildfire activity within the High Level Forest Area.
Current short term permits will not be renewed and all permit holders with root rows/root piles need to ensure all piles are extinguished prior to the expiry of their permit.
- Safe campfires are currently allowed
- Current seasonal permits issued until October 31, 2019 will remain valid
- New permits will only be issued for smudges and burn barrels
To get a fire permit please call 780-926-5407 and leave a detailed message including your home address, burn location and what you plan to burn. A patrolman will contact you to arrange a site visit.
Visit albertafirebans.ca for more information or download the new Alberta Fire Bans mobile app.
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 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.
PUBLIC SAFETY - WILDFIRE OPERATIONS
During an active wildfire, the highest priority is the safety of the public and wildfire personnel. Please refrain from entering areas of active wildfire suppression. If you encounter aircraft or helicopter bucketing operations on a water body please move your boat to shore.
The airspace around a wildfire is restricted via NOTAM in a radius of 9 kilometres to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level. It is illegal to operate any aircraft not associated with wildfire suppression within the restricted area, including drones. Do not fly drones or UAVs near or within the perimeter of an active wildfire. When a drone is near a wildfire it endangers firefighting personnel and important aerial firefighting operations will be grounded. Those caught in violation can be subject to an automatic court appearance and a fine of up to $100,000.
Kevin Kuhn | Wildfire Information Officer
High Level Forest Area
Matt Bell | Wildfire Information Officer (Chuckegg Creek wildfire)