Lac La Biche Area Update

Wildfire Danger Update - 6 pm May 16 - Fire Ban and/OHV Restriction has been issued for northern Alberta

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2019


The wildfire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is EXTREME.  

A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction has been issued in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta for most of northern Alberta, including the Fort McMurray Forest Area south of Lake Athabasca, the Lac La Biche Forest Area, the northern regions of the Slave Lake Forest Area, most of the Peace River Forest Area and all of the High level Forest Area.

All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.


  • All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.
  • Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets.
  • The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands. 


  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
  • OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands. 

The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve. 

To view a map of the Fire Ban/OHV Restriction visit


Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, various pieces of heavy equipment and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

“Windy conditions, along with continued warm and dry weather in northern Alberta, have increased the risk of wildfire throughout the area. This fire ban will ensure the safety of Albertans and their communities as well as protecting our forests by reducing that risk.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry 

Current Situation 

LWF 085 is just off Highway 55 and is under control at 21 hectares.  Ground crews and heavy equipment are working on this fire. 

LWF 086 is located at 6-14-79-10 W4 and is under control at 125 hectares. Ground crews and  helicopters are working on this fire.

LWF 087 is approximately 27 km east of Lac La Biche and is being held at 23 hectares. There are ground crews and helicopters working on this fire.

This fire season has seen 96 wildfires.  We have 14 firefighting crews, 21 aircraft, three dozer groups, water trucks and other equipment ready to fight wildfires. 

Winter Burns

Please check any winter burning sites to ensure fires are completely extinguished.  Spring winds have the ability to stir fires back to life that are not completely out, fueling the fire and spreading embers to surrounding dry grass or dry brush areas.  Please double check your winter burn sites.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta

Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire.  For more information, contact:

Lynn Daina

Wildfire Information Officer