Chuckegg and Jackpot Creek Wildfires Remain Out of Control.
Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction Continues. The fire danger remains Extreme as the area needs a significant rainfall for the danger to be reduced.
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA | WILDFIRE UPDATE | JUNE 7, 2019 AT 8:30 P.M.
- The Chuckegg Creek fire (HWF-042) remains Out of Control (OC) at 265, 925 hectares.
- The Jackpot Creek Wildfire (HWF-066) around Steen River remains Out of Control (OC) at 28, 100 hectares.
Click here for a map of all fire locations and statuses within the High Level Forest Area.
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.
The next update will be at 11:00 A.M., or if conditions change.
FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION REMAIN IN EFFECT
A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction is in effect for the High Level Forest Area due to gusty winds and no significant rainfall in the forecast. The ban and restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve. All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.
- All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.
- Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
- Fireworks and exploding targets.
- The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands.
- Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
Visit albertafirebans.ca for more information or download the new Alberta Fire Bans mobile app.
THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | JUNE 7, 2019 AT 8:30 P.M.
Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft continue to make great progress on establishing containment in priority areas, and extinguishing hot spots along the fire perimeter to limit spread. Firefighters today cut heli pads on the west side to gain access in priority areas.
Structural and wildland firefighters continue to work around Paddle Prairie to protect values and extinguish hotspots, while heavy equipment works to place extensive fireguards. Airtankers and bucketing helicopters continue to assist firefighters on the ground as possible.
- The last recorded size is approximately 265, 925 hectares. The decrease in fire activity has allowed aircraft to safely get closer to the fire perimeter for more accurate mapping.
- Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highways 35 and 58, and north of highway 58 west of High Level.
- Heavy equipment is continuing to construct fireguard from the Boyer River to the Peace River to limit fire spread to the east.
- Alberta Wildfire has 565 firefighters and personnel. With 42 helicopters, 135 pieces of heavy equipment and 106 structural firefighters.
- Atco is continues to repair power poles along highway 35 south of High Level. Atco has restored power supply and is supporting normal operations to the Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermilion & Dene Tha’ First Nation. Atco has secured large-scale backup generators that can be drawn on to provide power to communities, if needed.
THE JACKPOT CREEK FIRE | JUNE 7, 2019 at 8:30 P.M.
Similar weather conditions over the last few days have allowed firefighters to continue making good progress containing the fire. With the help of infrared scanning, crews are strategically targeting hotspots in priority areas on the western and southern areas of the fire. With access from recently constructed helipads, firefighters are moving into harder to reach areas and utilizing pumps and hose, hand tools as well as helicopter bucketing to contain the fire’s perimeter.
- The latest updated size of the fire is approximately 28,100 hectares.
- There are 9 helicopters and 91 firefighters assigned to this incident.
TOWN OF HIGH LEVEL | UPDATE
As of June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., the mandatory evacuation order for the Town of High Level was lifted and an evacuation alert was put in place immediately. For more information please continue to monitor the Town of High Level Website at www.highlevel.ca, call 780-926-2201 (Monitored from 8am-10pm) or visit Alberta Emergency Alert for more updates.
MACKENZIE COUNTY | UPDATE
The eight-hour evacuation alert has been reduced to the area west of Blues Creek and Blue Hills road (Range Road 180), north and south of Highway 697. The La Crete Ferry Campground will remain closed until further notice.
An eight-hour evacuation alert remains in effect for the Town of High Level and the Dene Tha’ First Nation community of Bushe River. Parts of Mackenzie County immediately north and south of High Level will also remain under eight-hour evacuation alert, along with a portion of the Blue Hills/Tompkins area.
The Mackenzie County Incident Command Centre is open at the Fort Vermilion County office (4511-46 Avenue) or call (780) 927-3718 during regular office hours (8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). For all public notifications, please follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page.
PADDLE PRAIRIE METIS SETTLEMENT | UPDATE
Paddle Prairie has an evacuation order in place. Evacuees should register at the reception centre located at the Grande Prairie Regional College. The reception centre phone number is 780-567-5587. For information on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement evacuation, please visit their Facebook page.
Alberta Transportation has reopened Highway 35 south of High Level with the aid of a police escort to ensure travelers safety, expect delays. Highway 697 east of Highway 35 to the La Crete Ferry remains closed. The La Crete Ferry is also closed. 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.
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Chuckegg Creek Fire