The wildfire danger in the Lac La Biche Forest Area remains EXTREME.
The forecast tomorrow is for a high of 29 degrees, 15% humidity, and winds from the west at 15 km/hr. There is a red flag weather warning in effect for tomorrow. This means the potential for blow up fires is extreme. Be very careful in the forest, and please abide by the fireban and quad restriction.
There was lightning in the region a couple of days ago. Crews continue to patrol from the air and ground, searching for any new wildfire starts that may have occurred as a result.
A Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction has been issued in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta for most of central and northern Alberta, including the Fort McMurray, Lac La Biche, Slave Lake, Peace River, High Level, Grande Prairie, Whitecourt Forest Areas, as well as the majority of the Edson Forest Area.
All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.
There are five wildfires in the area. All fires are under control and are on patrol status.
So far this season we've had 112 wildfires in the area.
We have 25 crews, 24 helicopters, one airtanker group, and various pieces of heavy equipment on hand to fight wildfires tomorrow.
The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
What is an OHV?
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 www.albertafirebans.ca
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:
Wildfire Information Officer