The Lac La Biche Forest Area received rain bringing some reprieve to the fire danger, which is now Moderate. The current weather conditions continue to aided firefighting efforts. Please report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473) or #FIRE on your cell phone.
LAC LA BICHE WILDFIRE UPDATE| AS OF JULY 19, 2021 AT 2:00 PM
There are five active wildfires in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. Of these fires, three are Being Held (BH) and two are Under Control (UC). Being Held means given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. Since March 1st there have been 164 wildfires in the Lac La Biche Forest Area, with a total of 928 hectares burned.
Wildfires of note:
Fire LWF164 is classified as Being Held (BH) at 150 hectares. This fire is located in the Egg Lake area. This fire is being monitored by firefighters and poses no threat to any communities or homes at this time.
Fire LWF154 is classified as Being Held (BH) at 125 hectares. This fire is approximately 1.6 km west of Highway 881 and approximately 15 km to the northwest of Janvier. There remains no threat to the community at this time. There are 52 firefighters, seven support staff, six helicopters and heavy equipment working on this fire. Due to the rain there was no growth reported.
Fire LWF152 is classified as Being Held (BH) at 83 hectares. This fire is located less than a kilometre west of Highway 63 in the House River area. There are 43 firefighters, five support staff, and three helicopters working on this fire.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE | JULY 19, 2021
Since March 1, 2021 there have been 916 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, burning a total of 47,938 hectares.
There is smoke drifting into the Forest Area from fires burning in Saskatchewan. If you have smoke related health issues please talk to your doctor or call Alberta Health Link at 811. To see a smoke forecast map please click here.
FIRE RESTRICTION IN EFFECT | AS OF JUNE 29, 2021
A Fire Restriction is in effect for the Lac La Biche Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions. The Fire Restriction will remain until conditions improve.
Under this restriction:
- Existing fire permits are suspended;
- All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
- Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
- Wood campfires on public land
- Fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land
- Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
- Backyard fire pits on private land
- Charcoal briquette barbeques
- Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
- Indoor wood fires
- Open flame oil devices
Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
If you are operating an off-highway vehicle, remember to stop often and check your hotspots. An off-highway vehicle exhaust can reach temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
Download the new Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more. Available for Apple and Android.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving, be sure to soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.
For more information please contact:
Victoria Ostendorf | 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