Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - June 21, 2019

Posted on Sat, Jun 22, 2019


National Indigenous Peoples Day graphiccrewAlberta Wildfire has a decades long history of hiring Indigenous firefighting crews and those crews have certainly been kept busy fighting fires this fire season.   Thank you for your continued hard work and your commitment.




The Fire Ban and OHV Restriction remains in effect for the Peace River Forest Area and most of northern Alberta.   

Existing fire permits are suspended until further notice. 


  • 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.
  • 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. 

Many nearby municipalities have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place.  Please check for more information and to view a map of the fireban/OHV restriction boundaries.


Thank you for your continued co-operation.


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 9 pm on June 21, 2019)

There have been 88 wildfires this fire season in the Peace River Forest Area, all but three of which have now been extinguished:


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

This lightning caused fire remains BEING HELD at 55,179 hectares in size in the Manning/Notikewin area. 

Firefighting efforts continued today using a combination of crews, heavy equipment and aerial resources to target and extinguish hot spots within the perimeter.  Damp, cool weather suppressed fire behaviour today allowing great progress on extinguishing hot spots.

Battle Complex Map

PWF 070 remains classified as under control at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River. The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard.  Crews continue to patrol the fire.

PWF 070 map 

PWF 076 is under control at 37 hectares in size in the Cliffdale area (33 kms east of St. Isidore and 27 kms south of Cadotte Lake). Firefighters and air support continue to work on this wildfire.

PWF 076 map
PWF 086 is was discovered late yesterday afternoon and has been extinguished at 2.6 hectares in size west of Bison Lake. 
Active Wildfires in Adjacent Forest Areas:

For updates on fires in the High Level Forest Area, please visit 

For updates on fires in the Slave Lake Forest Area, please visit 

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


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.




County of Northern Lights/Town of Manning:

Evacuation Alert Status has been lifted:

At 8:00 a.m. Friday, June 14th, 2019 the Joint Emergency Coordination Centre for the Town of Manning and the County of Northern Lights RESCINDS the Evacuation Alert Status for the following boundaries:

Evacuation Alert has been lifted for:

  • Town of Manning
  • Northward from Township Road 910, (North Star Road)
  • Everyone west from Range Road 231
  • Everyone west from the Notikewin River
  • Everyone south of the County’s northern boundary (Keg River/Carcajou)

More information on the Alert Status being lifted can be found on the County of Northern Lights webpage    

Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement:
The evacuation order for Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement will be rescinded effective at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  
All residents are requested to register their return at the welcome centre that has been established at the community hall.
Please call 780-981-2227 for more information.

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

72 hour emergency preparedness kit      



The Chinchaga Road continues to be closed to the public. It can be accessed by commercial traffic but there are danger trees along the route so those using the road must stop at the checkpoints, drive 50 km/hr and drive straight through the area affected by the fire.  No stopping is permitted while traversing the fire area. 

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



Smoke may be drifting into the area for the foreseeable future. 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:



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



All fire permits have been suspended, effective on May 16 at 6 pm.  No fire permits will be issued until the fire danger conditions improve.  

Please call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 if you have any questions about fire permits.



Please continue to respect the fire ban and quad restriction currently in effect.  



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.

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)