The Chuckegg and Jackpot Creek Wildfires remain Out of Control. Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction continues due to the area receiving only scattered showers. Report new wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA UPDATE | JUNE 22, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
There are 5 active wildfires in the High Level Area. Of these fires; 2 are Out of Control (OC), 2 are Being Held (BH) and 1 is Under Control (UC). (For info regarding Chuckegg Creek and the Jackpot Creek fires please see below.) Click here for a map of all fire locations and their status within the High Level Forest Area.
Wildfires of note;
- Fire number, HWF091, is classified as Being Held (BH) and is located approximately 5 km southeast of the community of Fox Lake at 196 hectares in size. There are 37 firefighters, with 3 helicopters and heavy equipment working on this fire. Minimal growth has been reported as the fire received some rain.
- Fire number, HWF088, is classified as Being Held (BH) and is located 10 km northwest of Hutch Lake. This fire is 216 hectares in size. The fire saw minimal growth today due to the cooler temperatures and the fire receiving some more rain. Heavy equipment continues to establish a fireguard around the fire perimeter. There are 42 firefighters, 5 helicopters and heavy equipment working on this fire.
***The next update will be at 11 a.m., or if conditions change.
Firefighters, helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are positioned throughout the High Level Forest Area to respond to any new wildfire starts. Please report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE.
Be prepared, stay informed. Download the Alberta Emergency Alert App or visit their website by Clicking Here. You can also check with the County, the Town or your local community to see if new alerts or evacuation orders have been issued.
The forecast for tomorrow is calling for a high of 20 degrees, 45% humidity, winds out of the N/NW at 20 km/hr gusting to 40 km/hr, and a chance of thundershowers. The forecast is the same for the next several days. There is no organized or widespread rain in the forecast, just scattered showers.
CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE UPDATE | JUNE 22, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
It took quite awhile for the smoke and fog to lift this morning which kept fire activity suppressed, giving crews the opportunity to work aggressively directly on the fireline. In the area between Highway 35 and the Peace River, dozers worked to put guard in along the front of the fire. Crews followed, with pumps and laying hose along the cleared line to contain the fire. Crews will use these dozer lines to work from, extinguishing fire along the perimeter and then working their way inwards.
Other crews continued work on the spot fire across the River, working diligently to extinguish all hotspots and smouldering areas. More crews worked the north and west sides of the fire while others concentrated on the hot spots along Highway 58. Despite the quieter conditions today there was active fire within the fire perimeter on the west side.
The forecast for tonight is for higher humidity levels and a strong inversion meaning it will likely be smoky with poor visibility again tomorrow. The high on Sunday is about 20 degrees, 45% humidity, winds out of the N/NW at 20 km/hr gusting to 40 km/hr, and a chance of thundershowers. The forecast is the same for the next several days. There is no organized or widespread rain in the forecast, just scattered showers. Under these conditions we do not expect the fire to grow for the next several days.
- The fire is 331, 946 hectares in size.
- There are 1, 150 firefighters and personnel, 311 pieces of heavy equipment and 46 helicopters working on this fire.
THE JACKPOT CREEK FIRE UPDATE | JUNE 21, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
The fire received some rain showers this afternoon and therefore minimal growth has been reported. The rain in combination with the higher humidity has continued to help firefighters make great progress on the fire in all priority areas. Heavy equipment has completed a fireguard in priority areas as well.
- There are 212 firefighters and personnel, 20 pieces of heavy equipment and 26 helicopters working on this fire.
- The fire is 77, 468 hectares in size.
ALERTS AND EVACUATIONS | BE PREPARED, STAY INFORMED
Mackenzie County residents looking for information regarding evacuations and alerts please visit the Mackenzie County Facebook page.
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TOWN OF HIGH LEVEL
For information regarding evacuations or alerts, please visit the Town of High Level Facebook page.
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ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION
To stay informed on all road closure info visit the Alberta Transportation website or download the mobile app.
Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta has caused poor air quality and reducing visibility at times. Winds will continue to shift bringing smoky conditions. For health related smoke issues, please visit Alberta Health Services.
FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION REMAIN IN EFFECT
A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction is in effect for the High Level Forest Area due to dry conditions and no significant rainfall in the forecast. The ban and restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve. All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.
- 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.
Visit albertafirebans.ca for more information or download the new Alberta Fire Bans mobile app.
Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer | High Level Forest Area
Leslie Lozinski | Wildfire Information Officer | Chuckegg Creek Wildfire
Phone: 780-653-0151 ext. 1052
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