Tomorrow’s fire danger rating across the Lac La Biche Forest Protection Area remains VERY HIGH.
Today’s warm and dry weather was conducive to detecting wildfires that were ignited by the lightning received over the last few days.
Tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for a temperature of 28 degrees and 25 percent humidity. Drought conditions continue to build in the Forest Area, and additional new wildfire starts can be expected.
Please report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.
Fire LWF152, west of Highway 63 near Horse River, this afternoon.
As of 7:30 p.m., there were 11 wildfires burning in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. In total, 3 fires were out of control, 2 were being held and 6 were under control. Crews also successfully extinguished 9 fires today.
Fires LWF132, LWF133, LWF134, are all in the Bovine area, south of Grand Rapids.
Fire LWF132 was discovered July 10 and was lightning caused. It is under control at 0.8 hectare.
Fire LWF133 was discovered July 10 and was lightning caused. It is under control at 1 hectare.
Fire LWF134 was discovered July 10 and was lightning caused. It is under control at 0.01 hectare.
Fires LWF129 and LWF154 are both in the northeast corner of the Lac La Biche Forest Area and in varying distances from the community of Janvier. Currently, the community is not threatened by either fire.
Fire LWF129 was discovered July 2 and was lightning caused. It continues to be held at 372 hectares. There are currently 12 firefighters, 5 management staff, and 4 helicopters working to suppress the fire.
Fire LWF154 was discovered today, and its cause is under investigation. It is out of control at 3 hectares. There are currently 8 firefighters and 2 helicopters working to contain the fire.
Fires LWF135 and LWF147 are in close proximity to one another. They are located in the Wandering River area, west of Highway 63.Fire LWF152 is also west of Highway 63 in the House River area.
Fire LWF135 was discovered July 10 and was lightning caused. It is under control at 0.01 hectare.
Fire LWF147 was discovered yesterday and was lightning caused. It is being held at 5 hectares. It is located approximately 2 kilometres west of Highway 63. Presently, smoke is not impacting the highway. There are currently 17 firefighters, 1 helicopter and 3 pieces of heavy equipment working to suppress the fire.
Fire LWF152 was discovered today, and its cause is under investigation. It is out of control at 50 hectares. It is located approximately less than a kilometre west of Highway 63. Although the fire has not reached the highway, smoke could impact the area. There are currently 9 firefighters, 2 helicopters, 1 piece of heavy equipment and air tankers working to contain the fire.
Fires LWF140 and LWF146 are both located within the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.
Fire LWF140 was discovered July 10 and was lightning caused. It is under control at 0.1 hectare. There are currently 3 firefighters and 1 helicopter working to suppress the fire.
Fire LWF146 was discovered yesterday and was lightning caused. It is under control at 3 hectares. There are currently 9 firefighters and 1 helicopter working to suppress the fire.
Fire LWF153 was discovered today, and its cause is under investigation. It is being held at 0.5 hectare. There are currently 5 firefighters and 1 helicopter working to suppress the fire.
To view the wildfires on a map, download the new AB Wildfire Status App.
A FIRE RESTRICTION remains in place for the Lac La Biche Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions, which are increasing the fire danger.
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.The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Provincial Wildfire Situation
As of 10 a.m. July 12, 2021 there were 86 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta (FPA). Three of these wildfires are out of control, 36 are being held, 46 are under control, and 1 has been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1, there have been 824 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 17,832 ha.
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.
New Alberta Wildfire App
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.
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 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., 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