High Level Area Update

High Level Wildfire Update | May 30, 2019 at 08:30 p.m.

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2019


The wildfire danger for the High Level Forest Area is Extreme. A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction remains in effect. Please use caution in the forested areas. To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE. 


There are 2 active wildfires in the High Level Forest Area - both are Out of Control (OC).

  • The Chuckegg Creek wildfire (HWF-042) remains Out of Control (OC) at 230,000 hectares.
  • The Jackpot Creek Wildfire (HWF-066) around Steen River remains Out of Control (OC) at 24,730 hectares. Road closures are in effect for Highway 35 - monitor Alberta511 for updated highway conditions. 

Click here for a map of all fire locations and statuses within the High Level Forest Area.

There are 142 wildland firefighters, 23 helicopters, 5 Airtankers and 8 pieces of heavy equipment positioned throughout the High Level Forest Area to action any new wildfire starts.



A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction is in effect for the High Level Forest Area due to warmer temperatures, gusty winds and no significant rain 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.

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(Chuckegg Creek Fire - May 29, 2019 at 9:00 P.M.)


The Chuckegg Creek Fire experienced extreme fire behaviour yesterday with significant growth to the south. Continued hot and dry conditions along with variable, gusty winds have proved a challenge to firefighting efforts and safety. Structural firefighters continue to assess and mobilize structural protection in critical areas of the fire, with focus in and around Paddle Prairie where active fire remains.

Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are focusing on establishing containment in priorities areas, including: north of Highway 58, from Highway 35 to the Peace River, the Paddle Prairie area, and to the east of the Peace River (north of Carcajou) where the fire spotted across last night. Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highway 35 to High Level. Heavy equipment is building fire guards to the north of High Level to limit further spread of the fire on the north side towards Hutch Lake. 

The weather today yielded cooler conditions, which helped reduce the intensity of recent fire behaviour. However, the weather outlook expects continued warm and dry conditions with limited levels of the substantial precipitation needed to significantly calm fire behaviour and aid firefighters in suppression efforts.

  • The last recorded size is approximately 230,000 hectares.
  • Alberta Wildfire firefighters in conjunction with municipal firefighters, along with air support from helicopters and airtankers continue to work hard to contain the fire. The main area of spread remains away from town. There have been no homes or businesses damaged to date around High Level, but the threat remains.
  • Heavy equipment continues make good progress on sections of the fire perimeter to build guard lines, which are being reinforced by firefighters and airtankers as can safely fly in smoky conditions.
  • Firefighters have completed a successful controlled burn technique to create a containment boundary along highway 35 south of High Level, highway 58 west of High Level and the fire perimeter, as weather conditions allowed firefighters to do so.
  • The High Level Fire Department and other municipal firefighters have set up sprinklers on the southwest and northwest side of town. In addition, structural protection has been completed on Mackenzie County homes southeast of High Level, Tolko and Norbord.
  • Structural firefighters took preventive measures on homes. This included removing debris from yards, removing patio furniture from decks and other flammable material.
  • There are 168 structural firefighters that continue to establish and maintain structural protection on homes in the Town of High Level and on other critical values at risk within Mackenzie County. Alberta Wildfire has 400, firefighters along with 26 helicopters on this fire. 
  • The significant fire run on May 29th damaged powerlines along Highway 35, Atco is working to assess damage. Atco has restored power supply and is supporting normal operations to Mackenzie County, Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermilion & Dene Tha’ First Nation. Atco has secured large-scale backup generators that can be drawn on to provide power to communities, if needed.

The next update will be at 11:00 A.M., or if conditions change.



The Town of High Level has issued an Evacuation Order for the town as of May 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. For more info please continue to monitor the Town of High Level Website at www.highlevel.ca, call 780-926-2201 (Monitored from 8am-10pm) or visit Alberta Emergency Alert for more updates.


The mandatory evacuation for the La Crete Ferry campground, North and South of Highway 697 to Range Road 164 (Steep Hill Creek), the Mackenzie County rural residents south and southeast of the Town of High Level, the Town of High Level, and Steen River remains in effect.

The Mackenzie County Incident Command Centre is open at the Fort Vermilion County office (4511-46 Avenue) and the phone number for inquiries is (780) 927-3718 (monitored 24/7). For all public notifications, please follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page.


The County of Northern Lights has declared a State of Local Emergency and has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order for residents in the Keg River and Carcajou areas. All evacuees are requested to report at the Registration Centre located at the County of Northern Lights Main Office building at #600-7th Ave NW Manning. Please refer to the County of Northern Lights website for full details.


Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level, Highway 58 west of High Level, and Highway 697 east of Highway 35 to the La Crete Ferry. The La Crete Ferry is also closed. To stay informed on all road closure info visit the Alberta Transportation website or download the mobile app.


Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Winds will continue to shift bringing smoky conditions. Issued by Environment Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.



Claire Allen

Wildfire Information Officer

Chuckegg Creek Fire

Mobile: 1-866-394-3473


Matthew Anderson

Wildfire Information Officer

High Level Forest Area 

Mobile: 1-866-394-3473