Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 25, 2019

Posted on Fri, May 24, 2019


The wildfire danger is EXTREME in the Peace River Forest Area.  RED FLAG WEATHER WATCH remains in effect.

Friday was a good day on the fire. Smoke cleared early enabling crews to get to get a jump on the day's work. There was some growth overnight and the size of the fire is now 21,000 hectares (ha).

There was one new start identified over the past 24 hours. It has since been extinguished. 

No change on Chin Road access; portions of which remain closed from 9 a.m. to midnight. Anyone entering the area will have to check in and out with staff responsible for the closure.

We are experiencing extreme wildfire weather.  The forest area is extremely dry.  Any fires that start will spread quickly and be very difficult to contain.

We remain under a RED FLAG WEATHER WATCH.  This means a weather event tomorrow could pose a critical degree of danger to fireline personnel and the public. Tomorrow’s deep crossover position (temp higher than humidity) and winds mean fire behavior will be drastically impacted by the weather. There is potential for significant growth on the fire tomorrow. 



Due to extreme wildfire danger from dry grass and weather indicators, a Fire Ban and Quad Restriction is now in effect for the Peace River Forest Area and most of northern Alberta.  Visit for more information.

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. 

To view a map of the Fire Ban/OHV Restriction visit

Many nearby municipalities have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place.  Please check for more information.



There have been 69 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season, and each of these wildfires has now been extinguished with the exception of those below:

WILDFIRES OF NOTE: (update as of 1800 hours Thursday)

Battle Complex (Notikewin and Battle River wildfires):

Current size: 21,000 ha

The photos below:

(left) Section of the fire break along the east side of PWF 052 near Manning.

(Right) Fire retardant (dark line in front of the smoke) contains hot spots on PWF 052 near Manning until crews can get on the ground to attack the fire directly.  

Fire Break 24 mayretardant 24 may


  • PWF 052 remains out of control in the Notikewin Area. 
    • This fire is located roughly 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Manning. 
    • Dozers were busy over the past 24 hours working the southeast side where the fire was active early in the day. 
    • They were reinforced by tankers laying lines of retardant in a harvested area until dozers were to build a break around the fire in the area.
    • A second group of dozers were deployed along the Stowe Creek Road widening the fire break and containing the excursion took during the night.
    • Crews were also implementing prescribed burns in the grazing lease today to reduce the risk of spread in advance of the expected wind shifts this coming weekend.
    • Aerial ignition members were successful in their prescribed burn activities in the afternoon strengthening the break on the east side of the fire south of the Hotchkiss River.
    • Weather for Saturday is providing crews one more good day to build on successes along the eastern edge of the fire to strengthen the guard before west winds begin moving over the fire Sunday, Monday and into Tuesday.
    • The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 18 degrees Celsius with a relative humidity of 15 per cent and winds continuing north-to-northeast at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) gusting to 30 kph.
    • The prediction for Sunday is a return to a Red Flag Weather Warning with a high temperature of 24 degrees Celsius with 10 per cent relative humidity and southwest winds 20-25 kph gusting to 35 kph. Aggressive fire behaviour is expected on Sunday.
    • The Incident Management Team currently on the fire will be transitioning out this weekend; replaced by a team from British Columbia. That handover will be finalized Saturday.
  • PWF 054 remains being held at 74 hectares in size in the Battle River area.  This fire is on patrol status.

Tomorrow is a RED FLAG WATCH day.  This means a weather event tomorrow is expected that could pose a critical degree of danger to fireline personnel and the public. Tomorrow’s deep crossover position (temp higher than humidity) and winds mean fire behavior will be drastically impacted by the weather. 

Tomorrow is going to be another significant day for the Battle Complex. Safety of our firefighters and the public is of paramount importance. When and if the head of the fire becomes too intense to work on, we will redirect crews and equipment to safer areas, while we continue to work on areas of the fire that need strengthening in anticipation of west winds next weekend.

Battle Complex Map 

Map 24 may

For updates on efforts being taken by municipal fire fighters to provide structural protection and emergency preparedness information, please visit the County of Northern Lights website.


  • PWF 043 is extinguished.
  • PWF 062 is extinguished.
  • PWF 064 has been turned over to the landowner.
  • PWF 066 has been turned over to the landowner.

For your safety and the safety of the numerous firefighters working to contain these wildfires, please stay out of the area if you do not need to be there.

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



 Fire permits have been suspended, effective 1800 hours, May 16.  

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



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



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Or contact:

Derrick Forsythe 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 288-7932