The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is HIGH.
Warm weather and windy conditions have increased the wildfire risk in the Grande Prairie Forest Protection Area (FPA). We urge residents and visitors to exercise caution and take steps to prevent wildfires.
Wind gusts are expected to be 30-50kph (19-31mph). Light overnight precipitation is possible.
Gusting winds are expected to continue today and tomorrow. High winds can cause extreme fire behavior and allow fires to grow rapidly.
Wildfire Situation | May 28, 2023
Since January 1, 2023, there have been 31 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. At this time, nearly 28,959.00 hectares (ha) have burned. Of these fires, none are listed as out of control (OC), one is under control (UC), four are being held (BH), one has been turned over to the responsible party for extinguishment and 25 of these fires have been extinguished.
To see all wildfires on a map please click here.
This fire is currently classified as Being Held (BH). For more information about this fire please visit the Peace River Forest Area Update.
GWF027- Eagle Complex WCX001
This fire is classified as out of control (OC) and is now part of the Eagle Complex which is being managed by the Whitecourt Forest Area. For the most recent updates visit the Whitecourt Forest Area Update
GWF017 & GWF023, GWF019 - Sturgeon Lake Complex GCX001
The Sturgeon Lake Complex is made up of three fires. GWF017 is estimated to be 5,752 hectares in size and GWF023 is estimated to be 3,869 hectares in size. GWF019 Bald Mountain Fire is 19,435 hectares in size. All fires are now classified as being held. Being held means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.
Today there will be 110 firefighting personnel and management and support staff on site. Seven helicopters and two pieces of heavy machinery are allotted to the fires. Crews will continue to extinguish the perimeter to 100 feet and extinguish all hotspots that are a threat to containment lines.
GWF019 - Bald Mountain Fire
Light rain was observed overnight on this fire. Today, crews will Control the fire South of the Pinto two lakes, West of the Bald Mountain Road, North of the Nose Mountain Road. Work will continue to control of fire perimeter in priority areas starting 50 feet in from the perimeter.
The fire is approximately 17 km west of Highway 40. The fire has crossed the Bald Mountain Road to the east and is in proximity to the intersection of Odum Ridge Road and Bald Mountain Road to the south.
There are 38 firefighters along with four helicopters, nine pieces of heavy equipment assigned to the fire today.
Unauthorized people are not permitted in or near an active fire perimeter, as displayed on this map below.
Under this FIRE RESTRICTION:
- The Grande Prairie Forest Area will not be issuing fire permits
- All outdoor wood fires in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
- Charcoal briquettes in backcountry and random camping areas on public land
- The use of fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land and in designated campgrounds
- Charcoal briquettes on private land and in designated campgrounds
- Propane/natural gas-powered appliances
- Open flame oil devices (e.g., turkey deep fryers, tiki torches)
- Indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor
- All appliances must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards
Please visit albertafirebans.ca to view a map of the impacted area. This fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve across the province.
Volunteers, equipment owners/operators or firefighters looking to assist with these wildfires or any of the wildfires within the province, please contact EmergencySupportOffers@gov.ab.ca.
PROVINCIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
Numerous wildfires continue to burn in many areas of the province. A provincial state of emergency has been declared. Albertans who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire related information. https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx
The use of recreational drones over wildfires in Alberta is dangerous, illegal and could result in a fine of up to $15,000* for putting aircraft and people at risk. Please give Alberta firefighters the space they need to do their jobs safely. *Transport Canada
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
(780) 832 7235