Lac La Biche Area Update

Wildfire Danger Update - June 4, Fireban and OHV Restriction Amended WEST of HWY 63

Posted on Tue, Jun 04, 2019


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

The fire ban and quad restriction have been amended.  Effective 4 pm today, both the Fire Ban and the Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction have been lifted for areas WEST OF HIGHWAY 63 in the Lac La Biche Forest Area.  These areas have received sufficient precipitation to decrease the wildfire danger enough to allow safe fires and the use of off-highway vehicles.  Permits are reinstated in these areas.  The Fire Ban and OHV Restriction remain in place EAST OF HIGHWAY 63. Persistent warm, dry and windy conditions are keeping wildfire danger levels at HIGH in this area. All fire permits remain suspended and no new permits are being issued east of Highway 63.

For changes to the Fire Ban and OHV Restriction in the rest of the Forest Protection Area, please visit

There are currently no active wildfires in the area. Smoke in the area is from fires across northern Alberta.  

The forecast is for a high of 16 degrees tomorrow with humidity at 35%, precipitation for the west part of the area, and winds from the northwest at 15 km/hr over the next couple of days.  There is also the risk of lightning. It will take a few days of concentrated rain to make a difference to the dry conditions in the forest, and to lower the wildfire danger on the east side of the forest area.

Fire permits west of Highway 63 are reinstated.  Be sure to follow the conditions on the back of your permits. No burning with winds greater than 15 km/hr.

Current Situation 

We didn't have any new wildfires today! Thank you for your diligence.

So far this season we've had 117 wildfires in the area.

We have 12 crews, 5 helicopters, and the airtankers on hand to fight wildfires tomorrow.

Other Fires of Note

Alberta Wildfire is helping with a wildfire outside of the Forest Protection Area in the MD of Bonnyville, west of Moose Lake.  We have airtankers, helicopters and ground crews assisting the municipality.  Because this fire is outside the Forest Protection Area is does not appear on the albertawildfire app or website.

The Pelican Point/Moose Lake fire is currently being held at 110 hectares.  This afternoon winds have been causing spot fires outside the dozer guards but crews have been successful in holding those fires on the north and are working on the south side.  Residents may notice smoke from these fires.

Campgrounds in the area are closed.  Residents are asked to stay off Moose Lake.  Boat launches are closed.  The temporary evacuation of the Franchere area has ended.  Residents may return home.

For more information you can contact the MD of Bonnyville at 587-792-1003 or visit for a link to their facebook page.  


FireBanFor all areas EAST OF HIGHWAY 63:


  • 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. 


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 OHVs for traditional use.

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

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:

 Leslie Lozinski

Wildfire Information Officer