Lac La Biche Area Update

Wildfire Danger VERY HIGH for Lac La Biche Forest Area - June 17, 2019 (8:30 p.m)

Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2019


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

Current Situation

There are currently 3 active wildfires in the Lac La Biche Area.  LWF123 is Out of Control. LWF122 and LWF126 are both Being Held.

LWF126 is estimated at 9.1 hectares and is located 15 km west of Foster Creek Plant.  Crews are currently working with air support to build containment lines.

So far this season we've had 126 wildfires in the area.

Kettle Creek Wildfire | June 17, 2019 (8:30 p.m)

The Kettle Creek Wildfire (LWF123) is currently burning out of control and is located 35 km northwest of Janvier.  The wildfire is estimated at 1,000 hectares.  Most of the growth today was towards the northwest.  Firefighters, heavy equipment and air support were able to make good progress on containment lines.  There are currently six helicopters, 28 firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment on the fire.

The fire ban and quad restriction have been lifted for the Lac La Biche Forest Area. For changes to the Fire Ban and OHV Restriction in the rest of the Forest Protection Area, please visit   

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

The Provincial Situation

  • There are currently 23 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 4 are out of control, 4 are being held, 11 are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 609 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 727,207.64 hectares.
  • Firefighters from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada and the United States.  

It's lightning season!  With the very dry ground conditions, and the absence of substantial rain, Mother Nature has the potential to cause some wildfires due to lightning.  Help us get the jump on these fires early, before they have a chance to get too big.  If you see smoke or fire in the forest, please call 310-FIRE.


If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

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

Your next update will be on Thursday, June 20 unless conditions change in the meantime.

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

Leslie Lozinski

Wildfire Information Officer