High Level Area Update

Fire Advisory in Effect - High Level Forest Area - June 22, 2018

Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2018

GFX-HSB-WildfireDangerUpdate-VeryHigh.jpgAs of 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, a fire advisory is now in effect. Even though the area has received some rain showers there are still very dry areas within the High Level Forest Area. Please continue to use caution when in the forested areas, and always extinguish your fire. To report wildfires call, 310-FIRE(3473).


The High Level Forest Area currently has 12 wildfires in the area. Of these fires; 4 are being held, 5 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties. No communities or structures are at risk at this time. 

In the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there are 41 wildfires burning. 14 are being held, 19 are under control and 8 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Wildfires of note:

  • Fire (HWF-115) started on June 21, 2018, and is located 6 km west of Rainbow Lake. This wildfire is being held at 5.8 hectares. Being held means given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past current boundaries. 
  • Fire (HWF-123) is located 48km north of Alberta Highway 58. This fire is considered as being held at 10 hectares. Please note; Smoke From this fire can be seen from Alberta Highway 58.  

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



As of 4:00 p.m. on June 21, a Fire Advisory has been issued for the High Level Forest Area.

Fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis (for essential burning). Existing fire permits are still valid.
Please call the High Level Forest Area office at 780-926-5400 to find out how to obtain your fire permit.
What is allowed
Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
Charcoal briquettes
Portable propane fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Be mindful when operating quads in dry, grassy areas. Stop frequently and clear machine hotspots of grass and other debris that can heat up, fall to the ground, and start a wildfire.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Visit albertafirebans.ca for more information or download the new Alberta Fire Bans mobile app.



Download the new Alberta fire ban app, available for Android and Apple devices, to make planning your next outdoor adventure a breeze!

Features include:

  • Push notification settings for specific geographic areas.
  • Three distinct categories - fire bans, restrictions and advisories.
  • Up-to-date data sourced directly from provincial fire authorities.
  • Provides data from last time opened even without data or WiFi.

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Derek Gagnon

Provincial Information Officer

Mobile: (780)499-8178

Email: derek.gagnon@gov.ab.ca