The wildfire danger for the Lac La Biche Forest Area remains HIGH, and the Fire Ban is in effect.
Strong and gusty winds are keeping the wildfire danger at HIGH. The biggest wildfire danger is in the cured grass where fires that start will spread quickly under windy conditions.
The forecast for Saturday is for a high of 14 degrees, humidity at 35%, potential showers, lightning and winds SE20 gusting to 40 km/hr. Under these conditions, grass will continue to cure and fires that start will spread quickly. Sunday's forecast brings a downturn in the weather pattern.
Yesterday we had one grass fires. So far today we have not had any new wildfires.
So far this season we have had 23 wildfires. There are currently six wildfires in the area; one is being held and five are under control.
Tomorrow we have 19 crews, five helicopters, five water trucks, four engine crews and one airtanker group positioned across the forest area to respond to any new wildfires.
FIRE BAN IN EFFECT
As part of Alberta Wildfire's Response Plan to COVID-19, a Fire Ban was issued for the Forest Protection Area of Alberta effective April 15th at 2:00 pm. These measures aim to reduce the number of human caused wildfires, as most if not all wildfires in the early spring are caused by human activity. Reducing human caused wildfires helps keep our firefighting resources focused where they are most needed, especially when our firefighting resources may be challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anyone found to be non-compliant with the Fire Ban may receive a violation ticket of $600.
Fire permits are suspended or cancelled. Some allowances can be made for essential agricultural and industrial burning, but will need to be approved by a forest officer.
• Wood campfires on public lands.
• Wood campfires on private land and provincial campgrounds.
• Backyard firepits, and
• Barbeques with charcoal briquettes.
• Propane / natural gas powered appliances
• Open flame CSA approved oil devices
• Wood fires in an enclosed facility or device, which have a chimney with a spark arrestor
** All devices must be CSA approved and used as per manufacturer standards. An enclosed facility or device is one that is fully contained with a chimney that has a spark arrestor. Users are still responsible for care and attendance of all devices and should reduce their use during fire restrictions and bans. Approved activities or devices will not prevent potential prosecution or litigation if the user or device starts a wildfire.
As of right now, all Albertans may enjoy using their off-highway vehicles on public land until conditions change.
An off-highway vehicle restriction in the Forest Protection Area will be reintroduced if there is an increase in the hazard level. This phased approach will allow us to address the wildfire risk area-by-area, allowing Albertans the freedom to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We will re-evaluate daily.
These steps are part of a number of actions the department is implementing to help mitigate wildfire risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking action in advance to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires will allow Alberta Wildfire to make the best possible use of resources when the availability of firefighters could be reduced because of the pandemic.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be monitoring conditions, including the availability of firefighting crews and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fire Ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Please visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for a map of the affected area.
If you see smoke or fire in the forest, please call 310-FIRE (310-3473).
Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire.
For more information, please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation