Lac La Biche Area Update

Lac La Biche Forest Area - September 21, 2023

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2023


If you see smoke or flame in the forest please call 310-FIRE (3473).

The wildfire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is HIGH today. 
Since January 1, 2023, there have been 180 wildfires in the Lac La Biche Forest Area, burning 7,934 hectares (ha).  
There are currently nine wildfires burning in the Lac La Biche forest area and they're all classified as under control and pose no threat to any communities or infrastructure.  
To view active wildfires in the Lac La Biche area on a map, visit the Alberta Wildfire Status page.
Since January 1, 2023 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 1,022 wildfires burning a total of 2,067,658 ha. 

As the temperatures start to cool, cooking and warming fires are very common this time of year and firefighters will often find them unattended or abandoned. These fires still pose a risk of starting a wildfire even as we head into fall.  
These cooking and warming fires are used for a short period of time and the hunter or recreationalist will often leave the area soon after. If you're having a cooking or warming fire during your hunt or ride we recommend using an existing fire ring if possible, otherwise, choose a location that's on level ground, sheltered from the wind and on bare mineral soil. 
If you build your fire on peat material, you risk creating a deep burning fire that could be challenging to extinguish. Before you leave, ensure you fully extinguish the fire, otherwise it could smolder under ground for days or even weeks and re-surface when the conditions are right for a wildfire. Your fire isn't fully extinguished until the ashes are cool to the touch. 

Always keep farming equipment in good working order. If you operate broken machinery you run the risk of creating friction and producing sparks. During this time of year, fuel such as grass and crops are drying out and are ready to harvest. Any small spark can start a wildfire during these drying conditions. 
Always keep fire fighting equipment like a water tank, extinguisher, or shovel with you at all times. Ensure if you conduct any burning that you're getting your free fire permit and burning to conditions. Avoid hot and windy days. 

For more information, visit the Farm and Acreage Magazine online by clicking here.

Fire Permit Online
Only burn what you can control. High winds can carry embers long distances. Always be prepared and have fire fighting equipment ready. A large water vessel or fire extinguisher can help but wildfires can start and get out of hand quickly. Use extreme caution in these conditions or save it for another day.
Permits are still required until October 31 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. For tips on how you can burn safely visit for more information. You can also get your free fire permit online or by calling the Lac La Biche office at 780-623-5388. 


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You can also download the AB Wildfire Status App, click the "i" at the bottom left for the most recent update. To be notified when new updates are live you can click the bell for notifications and scroll to the Lac La Biche Forest Area Update. 

Visit the Alberta Wildfire at for more information on the current wildfire situation.

Before heading out, please check to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

For more information please contact: 


Colby Lachance

Area Information Coordinator 



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