Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - July 24, 2019

Posted on Wed, Jul 24, 2019

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Firefighters, aircraft and support staff have been kept busy with numerous lightning starts over the last week.  Fortunately, all of these fires were discovered and actioned while they were still small and none of them remain out of control.    For more information on the active fires in the area, please read below.

As shown on the lightning map above, another large lightning storm passed through the area last night so there is potential for more lightning fire starts to pop up in the coming days.  Please help firefighters get to new fire starts quickly by calling 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 5 pm on July 24, 2019)

There have been 117 wildfires this fire season in the Peace River Forest Area and a total of 55,695.52 hectares burned.

Battle Complex- PCX-001 (formerly PWF 052 and 054):

This lightning caused fire is now UNDER CONTROL at 55,179 hectares in size in the Manning/Notikewin area. 

Thanks to the hard work of firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment, 100% of the fire perimeter is now considered to be contained. A combination of crews and aerial resources continue to target and action the hot spots.  The perimeter of the fire is regularly being scanned in order to locate hot spots for the firefighters to work on extinguishing. Battle Complex Map

Wildfire Updates (changes since last update in bold):
 
PWF 099 has been extinguished at 27.0 hectares in size 7 kms southwest of Simon Lakes.
PWF 110 is being held at 6.8 hectares in size 45 kms north of Worsley.
PWF 111 is under control at 2.5 hectares in size 32 kms northwest of Cadotte Lake.
PWF 112 is under control at 0.5 hectares in size 24 kms northwest of Cadotte Lake.
PWF 113 is being held at 0.3 hectares in size 31 kms northwest of Cadotte Lake.
PWF 114 is under control at 0.3 hectares in size 11 kms southwest of Jackpine Lake.
PWF 115 has been extinguished at 0.10 hectares in size 10 kms northwest of Cadotte Lake.
PWF 116 is being held at 0.1 hectares in size 12 kms north of Cadotte Lake.
PWF 117 is being held at 3.6 hectares in size 3 kms south of Jackpine Lake.
 
Presuppression Preparedness:
 
Lookout observers and ground and air patrols have been keeping watch for any new wildfire starts throughout the day and will do so again tomorrow.  Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment will continue to be strategically prepositioned throughout the Peace Forest Area in order to be ready for a dispatch to action any new starts as quickly as possible. 
 
Active Wildfires in Adjacent Forest Areas:

For updates on fires in the High Level Forest Area, please visit http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update 

For updates on fires in the Slave Lake Forest Area, please visit http://srd.web.alberta.ca/slave-lake-area-update 

For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.

For your safety and the safety of the numerous firefighters working to contain these wildfires, please obey the access restrictions and stay out of the area.

 

SAFETY NOTICES


EVACUATION UPDATES

For information on evacuation alerts, visit Alberta Emergency Alert or download the free Alberta Emergency Alert app.

72 hour emergency preparedness kit      

ROAD CLOSURES

For information on road closures and other access related hazards, visit Alberta 511 or download the free Alberta 511 app.

SMOKE

Smoke may drift into the area intermittently. Anyone with health concerns should check with Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map, visit Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for Western Canada .  

Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta may also cause reduced visibility. Please turn your vehicle headlights from auto to on when driving. For further information on air quality, visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx

HAZARD TREES

For your own safety and the safety of firefighters, please do not enter burned over areas, as the roots of burned trees are weakened and can fall without any wind. Firefighters may also still be working in the area and be unaware of your presence.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

There are currently no firebans, restrictions or advisories in place in the Peace River Forest Area.

That said, it is always important to burn safely and ensure you have an active fire permit.

PLEASE NOTE: Nearby municipalities may still have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place.  Please check www.albertafirebans.ca for more information.

 

FIRE PERMITS 

Within the Forest Protection Area, fire permits are required for all burning with the exception of warming or cooking fires.  Please call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to acquire your free fire permit.

 

FIRE PREVENTION

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Please ensure your campfire is completely extinguished.  Soak it.  Stir it.  Soak It Again. Repeat until your fire is cool to the touch.

Please ensure your OHV is debris free and that you keep dried grasses and other debris from collecting near the hot parts of your OHV such as the muffler, exhaust, under your seat, in the wheel wells, engine and manifold.

And as always, call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

 

FIRESMART

You can protect your home from wildfire

Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.

Learn more at firesmartcanada.ca.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

crystal.burrows@gov.ab.ca

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)

 

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