Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - August 10, 2018

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2018


Smoke may continue to drift from British Columbia and into the Peace area for the foreseeable future.  Anyone with smoke related health concerns should check the Alberta Health Services  website or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map use  Western Canada Smoke 

NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App is not updating. Please use the wildfire status map on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for current locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue.




A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Peace River Forest Area due to increasingly hot and dry conditions.

Fire permits will be considered a case by case basis.  

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

Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.

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.

For more information on this and other fire advisories, restrictions and fire bans within the province, please visit or download the new Alberta Firebans App available for Android and Apple devices.


The fire danger level in the Peace River Forest Area is now HIGH

Firefighters, helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment groups have been strategically placed around the area in preparation for any new wildfire starts.


  • Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties with 35% relative humidity and light winds tomorrow.
  • Scattered showers and thundershowers have been forecasted for the next 24 hours.
  • Check our wildfire weather forecast for more details (MA=west side of the Peace River, RE= the east side).


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 5 pm on August 10)

The Peace River Forest Area has recorded 100 wildfires with a total of 5,332.71 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 3 active wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area.

  • PWF 47 remains under control at 3,992 hectares in size 20 kms west of Hotchkiss.
  • PWF 87 remains under control at 9.2 hectares in size close to the BC border on the south end of the Chinchaga Wildland Park.  
  • PWF 97 is being held at 12.7 hectares in size east of the Paddle Prairie Area on the east side of the river.


  • For your safety and the safety of firefighters, please stay clear of wildfire operations especially when aircraft are flying in the area. We appreciate your support.  
  • Smoke has drifted into the area today from the fires is British Columbia.  Anyone with smoke related health concerns should check the Alberta Health Services  website or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map use  Western Canada Smoke.

For more information on the location of wildfires in the province including status definitions, please visit our wildfire status map. 

For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit:



Before you burn it, get a permit

Fire permits are required for all burning, with the exception of heating or warming fires, within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.   Call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to find out how to obtain your FREE fire permit and please burn safely within the conditions on your permit.  

Be sure to extinguish your campfires

Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.

Keep your OHV debris free

Grass, twigs, leaves and mud can build up in the hotspots, heat up, drop off and start a wildfire. Remember to clean your machine before, during and after your ride.

Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires. 





Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215