Overall the wildfire danger rating in the Lac La Biche Forest Area remains VERY HIGH.
Temperatures have begun to climb again. Tomorrow the temperature is expected to be around 28 degrees with a relative humidity of 30%. When the relative humidity becomes equal or goes below the temperature, we call this ‘crossover conditions”. This type of weather is conducive to new fire starts that can progress rapidly.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.
There are currently two wildfires burning in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. Both are in the northeast corner of the Forest Area.
Fire LWF130 was discovered July 2, and was lightning caused. It is under control at 1.3 hectares.
Fire LWF129 was also discovered July 2, and lightning caused. It continues to be held at 372 hectares. While the fire remained calm due to today’s overcast conditions, they also made it harder for our firefighters to find the hotspots that were smouldering in the ground.
We expect these hotspots to become more apparent with the coming warmer and drier weather. Today there were 40 firefighters, 5 management staff, 3 pieces of heavy equipment, and 4 helicopters 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 6, 2021 there were 29 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta (FPA). Six of these wildfires are being held, 22 are under control, and one has been turned over to the appropriate authority.
Since March 1, there have been 706 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 3,462 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