Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - October 20, 2018

Posted on Sat, Oct 20, 2018


hazard reduction burning
Over the next week, firefighters will be burning dry and hazardous grasses around the communities of Little Buffalo and Cadotte Lake.  All neccessary precautions will be taken and burning will only occur if favorable and safe burning conditions permit.


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



  • Today's temperatures are expected to be in the single digits with 40-45% relative humidity and the potential for some light, scattered showers.
  • Winds are expected be be strong throughout the day, blowing in from the west at 30-35 km/hr and gusting up to 60 km/hr.  Please follow the burning conditions on your fire permit and refrain from burning until the wind conditions improve.  
  • Check our wildfire weather forecast for more details (MA=west side of the Peace River, RE= the east side).

WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 11 am on October 20)

The Peace River Forest Area has recorded 116 wildfires with a total of 5,336 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 2 active wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area.

Currently Active Wildfires:

  • PWF 47 remains under control at 3,992 hectares in size 20 kms west of Hotchkiss.
  • PWF 116 is under control at 0.2 hectares in size.                                        


*1 hectare = 100 metres x 100 metres

wildfire status


  • 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.  
  • 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.



Do your part to protect your home from wildfires.

This time of year Albertans are busy with cleaning up, raking leaves  and preparing our yards for the coming winter. Did you know that regular fall chores of cleaning roofs, eaves, and lawns makes your property more FireSmart?

Learn how to do your own FireSmart home assessment, or watch the following video on the FireSmart home ignition zone.  

FireSmart Home Ignition Zone




Apply today!

Alberta Wildfire is accepting applications for numerous seasonal positions for the next fire season.

If you, or someone you know, loves the outdoors, believes in teamwork and is dedicated to fitness, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may have a job for you!

Visit our website to find out more and apply today!  


Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires. 





Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215