Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Forest Area: Fire Advisory In Effect -August 10, 2018

Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2018


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.


FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT:  18:00hrs August 7, 2018

A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Grande Prairie Forest Area, dry conditions and heavy smoke causing low visibility.

No new fire permits will be issued for heavy fuel or non-essential burning. Exiting fire permits are still valid, but no burning is to take place outside of the permit conditions. 

BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT For more information about fire permits call the Grande Prairie office at (780) 538-5560. 

Grande Prairie Unit Crew BC 2018

Pictured above: Our Exported Grande Prairie Unit Crew continuing to action the Horsefly Lake Fire (C31678) as well as other fires in the immediate vicinity. There are now 3 fires of note in the Cariboo Fire Centre

We continually monitor our area for wildfires throughout the Grande Prairie Forest in preparation for any new wildfire starts.  

Wildfires burning in British Columbia is drifting smoke into our forest area today. Shifting winds from a cold front passage may ease Wildfire smoke this weekend. For the latest smoke forecast check out the Western Smoke Forecast If you have smoke-related health concerns, please contact Alberta Health Link at 811. Information about the air quality in Alberta is available through Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index .

Locally, The current wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie forest area is HIGH. This year we have had 35 wildfires in the Grande Prairie forest area that have burned 13.0 hectares.

Provincially, 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 1 is out of control, 7 are being held, 13 are under control, and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Rocky Mountain House  Wildfire -049 (Skeleton Creek Wildfire) – This out of control wildfire is 842 hectares in size and is located in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, 1.4 km east of the junction of Forbidden Creek and Skeleton Creek, and 5.4 km northwest of the Scalp Creek Natural Area . There are 14 wildland firefighters and support staff and 4 helicopters currently fighting this wildfire.

  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,105 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 50,661.21 hectares.

Fire Danger Rating: Extreme in the southern, eastern slopes. High elsewhere across the province

Agriculture and Forestry has the following resources deployed on wildfires or prepositioned across the province ready to action new wildfires:

  • 807 firefighters, 86 helicopters, heavy equipment and 17 airtankers.


Remember to do your part to prevent wildfires. Human caused wildfires are 100% preventable

Check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up to date information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your area. The Forest and Prairie Protection Act include fines up to $287 for abandoning campfires as well as for using fireworks and exploding targets in forested areas. Learn more about updates to the act and fine amounts here. Be sure to put out your campfire before leaving.  Soak it, stir it and soak it again. 

Safe campfire


Get the most up-to-date wildfire information for the entire province, download the free Alberta Wildfire Android or Apple products.  

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Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235




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