Lac La Biche Area Update

Wildfire Danger Update - 3:30 p.m. May 21 - Fire Ban and/OHV Restriction in effect

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2019

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The wildfire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is EXTREME.  Temperatures will continue to rise, and the relative humidity will drop over the weekend creating cross-over conditions. These conditions can cause fire to spread easily and quickly.

A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction has been issued in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta for most of northern Alberta, including the Fort McMurray Forest Area south of Lake Athabasca, the Lac La Biche Forest Area, the northern regions of the Slave Lake Forest Area, most of the Peace River Forest Area and all of the High level Forest Area.

All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.

LWF-107

Current Situation 

 

LWF-107 is an out of control wildfire burning 14 kilometres southwest of the town of Conklin. This wildfire is 40 hectares in size and moving northwest. Smoke from this wildfire will be visible from the town of Conklin, and from Highway 881. Firefighters, helicopters and airtankers are working on this fire, and there are no communities, roads or values at risk at this time.

LWF-099 is under control at 33.67 hectares and LWF-106 is being held at 0.95 hectares.

FireBanProhibited

  • All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, back country 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. 

Allowed

  • 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.
  • OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands. 

The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve. 

OHV Restriction

Prohibited

  • The recreational use of OHVs on public lands and provincial parks, including designated OHV trails.

What is an OHV?

  • An “off-highway vehicle” is a motorized vehicle designed to go beyond defined roadways, including but not limited to:
  • Quads;
  • Side by sides;
  • Dirt bikes;
  • 4x4 Jeeps;
  • Pick-up trucks; or
  • Sport utility vehicles.

Exceptions

The OHV restriction does not apply to private land or agriculture, institutional (educational), commercial/ industrial, emergency response or Indigenous peoples who use OHV for traditional use.

To view a map of the Fire Ban/OHV Restriction visit www.albertafirebans.ca

Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, various pieces of heavy equipment and air tankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.


“Windy conditions, along with continued warm and dry weather in northern Alberta, have increased the risk of wildfire throughout the area. This fire ban will ensure the safety of Albertans and their communities as well as protecting our forests by reducing that risk.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry 


If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta

Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire.  For more information, contact:

 

1-866-394-3473

 

 

 

 

 

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