A Fire Advisory remains in place for the High Level Forest Area. Use caution in the forested areas and report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA UPDATE | JUNE 30, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M.
There are currently 6 active wildfires in the High Level Area. Of these fires, 3 are Out of Control (OC), 1 is Being Held (BH) and 2 are Under Control (UC). (For info regarding the Chuckegg Creek and the Jackpot Creek fires please see below for more info.) Click here for a map of all fire locations and their status within the High Level Forest Area.
Wildfires of note:
- Fire number, HWF091, is classified as Under Control (UC) and is located approximately 5 km southeast of the community of Fox Lake at 196 hectares in size. There are 25 firefighters, with 3 helicopters and heavy equipment working on this fire.
- Fire number, HWF088, is classified as Being Held (BH) and is located 10 km northwest of Hutch Lake. This fire is 216 hectares in size. Heavy equipment continues to establish a fireguard around the fire perimeter. There are 25 firefighters, 6 helicopters and heavy equipment working on this fire.
NOTE: The next update will be by 7:00 p.m., or if conditions warrant.
Firefighters, helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are positioned throughout the High Level Forest Area to respond to any new wildfire starts. Please report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE.
CHUCKEGG CREEK WILDFIRE UPDATE | JUNE 30, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M.
Today’s forecast is for a cold front moving through the wildfire area later today. Showers are expected with this system resulting in 5 to 10mm of rain. Winds are forecasted to shift from W-SW 20km/hr to N 20 to 25km/hr with the cold front. The forecasted temperature is for highs of 21°C and relative humidity of 50-55%. With cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and lower fire behaviour indices it is expected the fire behaviour will be low for the next few days.
Firefighters and heavy equipment continue to make progress on the containment of the Chuckegg Creek wildfire and helicopters remain busy with bucketing and transporting firefighters.
The northern end of the wildfire is fully guarded and mop-up is complete. The area will be scanned for hotspots and if needed, firefighters will seek hotspots for extinguishment. This area will be monitored from the air.
On the west side, the guard is complete and firefighters are continuing with mop-up south of Highway 58. In the northwest, the majority of firefighters will be reassigned and this area will be in patrol/monitor status.
In the south, firefighters have completed the majority of mop-up and it is expected to continue for two more days. Once completed, this area will transition into patrol and monitoring status.
On the eastern side, dozer groups continue to build guard along the fire perimeter from the Peace River towards the Boyer River Cell Tower. Feller bunchers are working 24 hours a day to open a contingency guard south of Devil and Surette Lakes. Heavy equipment is also making progress on the dozer guard located on the west side of the Peace River, northwest of Moose Island. These guards are expected to be completed in the next few days. Firefighters continue to extinguish hotspots, and support the heavy equipment by establishing water delivery, laying hose and mopping-up 100 feet inwards. They are also patrolling the spot fire (from June 17th) located south of Surette Lake and just north of the Peace River.
- The fire remains 331,167 hectares in size.
- There are 1,017 firefighters and personnel, 45 helicopters and 206 pieces of heavy equipment working on this fire.
JACKPOT CREEK WILDFIRE UPDATE | JUNE 30, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M.
Crews are deploying to hot spot areas this morning to try to cover as much ground as possible before an anticipated weather shift this afternoon. Today’s weather forecast is calling for an arctic cold front to move into the Jackpot Creek fire area sometime in the early to mid-afternoon. Widespread precipitation is expected in the form of isolated showers or thundershowers. Until then, crews are continuing to work on hot spots that have been identified both visually and by early morning aerial scans. Areas of concern, such as the East side of Highway 35 on the Northeast flank and the West side of the highway in the Southeast corner, will be worked on again today by ground crews, bucket helicopters and heavy equipment.
- The fire is 79,834 hectares in size.
- There are 277 firefighters and personnel, 22 helicopters and 5 pieces of heavy equipment working on this fire.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA
A Fire Advisory is in effect for the High Level Forest Area due to a high wildfire danger and wildfire activity within the area.
- Safe Campfires are currently allowed, but may be restricted in the coming days if weather conditions change.
- Current seasonal permits issued until October 31, 2019 are permitted.
- New permits will only be issued for smudges, burn barrels and light debris yard clean up.
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.
PROVINCIAL SUMMARY (June 30)
There are currently 19 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area: 3 are Out of Control, 2 are Being Held, 10 are Under Control and 4 have been Turned Over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1, there have been 677 wildfires that have burned 804,985.29 hectares in the Forest Protection Area.
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 info 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.
Matthew Anderson | Wildfire Information Officer | High Level Forest Area
Rosalie MacAulay | Wildfire Information Officer | Chuckegg Creek Wildfire
Phone: 780-653-0151 ext. 1052
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