The wildfire danger rating in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is HIGH.
Today weather conditions were favourable to wildfire suppression efforts. While it was windy, cooler temperatures, with cloud cover and higher relative humidity allowed for good progress on the existing fires. Tomorrow should bring similar conditions, however a warming and drying trend is expected throughout the week.
There are currently three wildfires burning in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. All three are in the northeast corner of the Forest Area.
Fire LFW131 was discovered July 2, and was lightning caused. It is 0.01 hectare and under control.
Fire LFW130 was discovered July 2, and is under investigation. It is under control at 1.3 hectares.
Fire LFW129 was also discovered July 2, and is now deemed as lightning caused. After hard work on the part of our staff, it is now being held at 372 hectares.
Today there were 36 firefighters, 6 management staff, 6 pieces of heavy equipment, 5 helicopters and 2 heavy helicopters for bucketing operations working to suppress the fire.
At this time the fire is not threatening any lives or property. The community of Janvier is approximately 20 km to the northwest and Conklin is approximately 40 km to the southwest.
To view the wildfires on a map, download the new AB Wildfire Status App.
A FIRE RESTRICTION has been expanded and is now 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 UPDATE
As of 10 a.m. July 4, 2021 there were 49 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta (FPA). Eight of these wildfires are out of control, 15 are being held, 25 are under control, and one has been turned over to the appropriate authority.
Since March 1, there have been 696 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 3,466 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