Lac La Biche Area Update

Wildfire Danger Update - 10 am May 19 - Fire Ban and/OHV Restriction in effect

Posted on Sun, May 19, 2019


The wildfire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area is EXTREME.  Temperatures will continue to rise, and the relative humidity will drop over the weekend creating cross-over conditions. These conditions can cause fire to spread easily and quickly.

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.

Current Situation 

LWF 099, discovered at 11:37 am, May 18 is approximately 5.4 km SE of Elinor Lake and is 33.67 hectares, classified as being held. Air tankers, helicopters, ground crews and heavy equipment are working on this fire.

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

This fire season has seen 98 wildfires.  We have 14 firefighting crews, 23 aircraft, three dozer groups, water trucks and other equipment ready to fight wildfires. 


  • All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, back country 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. 

OHV Restriction


  • The recreational use of OHVs on public lands and provincial parks, including designated OHV trails.

What is an OHV?

  • An “off-highway vehicle” is a motorized vehicle designed to go beyond defined roadways, including but not limited to:
  • Quads;
  • Side by sides;
  • Dirt bikes;
  • 4x4 Jeeps;
  • Pick-up trucks; or
  • Sport utility vehicles.


The OHV restriction does not apply to private land or agriculture, institutional (educational), commercial/ industrial, emergency response or Indigenous peoples who use OHV for traditional use.

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 air tankers 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 

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

780-743-7265 or 780-799-9253