Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 14 (Clone)

Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2022

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Precipitation in the Peace Forest area had reduced the fire danger to LOW. Scattered showers are expected to continue as a low-pressure system brings instability to the region over the weekend.  

 Please be cautious when working or recreating in the forest area. If you see smoke or fire, call 310-FIRE (3473).

PEACE RIVER FOREST AREA LOW

There is curently one wildfire in the Peace River Forest Area, which is classified as Under Control. This year to date, there have been 27 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area, and a total of 447 provincially with more than 175,000 hectares burned in Alberta this year.

There are currently no wildfires of note in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. A wildfire of note is determined to be of significant public interest and may pose a threat to public safety, communities or critical infrastructure.

Wildfires are detected in a variety of ways from remote cameras to lookout tower observers and patrols to calls from industry and members of the public. If you see a wildfire or smoke, call 310-FIRE (310-4873) and be prepared to give the location and a brief description of what you are seeing. View the status of Peace River and other Alberta wildfires on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.


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CAMPFIRES AND FIRE SAFETY

Planning on heading out to do some camping this weekend? Any time people are out in the Forest Protection Area, we urge caution when working and recreating.

If you are camping in a provincial or national park, check the rules and guidelines and be sure to follow them for your safety and the safety of other campers. If you are camping in an area where safe campfires are permitted, remember to never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving, be sure to soak it, stir it and soak it again.

  • Alberta Wildfire typically sees an increase in human-caused wildfires during long weekends. Last year 67 per cent of wildfires were human-caused. We all have a role to play in preventing them.
  • As there is very little lightning in the spring, almost all spring wildfires are human-caused and completely preventable. Dead and dry grass, twigs, leaves and branches provide fuel for fast-moving grassfires, making the prevention of wildfire especially important.
  • One of our busiest days in Alberta last year was during the May long weekend – we responded to 38 wildfires in 24 hours. They were all human-caused! Help prevent wildfires this weekend by properly extinguishing your campfire: soak it, stir it and soak it again.
  • When enjoying the outdoors this long weekend – remember to do your part to prevent wildfires. Campfires account for the highest percentage of human-caused wildfires. Human-caused wildfires are 100% preventable.
  • For tips on how to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable campfire experience, visit our website: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/campfire-safety.aspx.
  • When firefighters are sent to extinguish abandoned campfires, they are taken from fighting other wildfires which could threaten homes or communities.
  • Remember to check albertafirebans.ca for fire advisories, bans or restrictions in your area or destination. If you are camping in a provincial or national park, check the rules and guidelines and be sure to follow them for your safety and the safety of other campers.
  • If you see smoke or fire in the forest, report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473) toll-free within Alberta.

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Contact information:

Peace Wildfire Information Officer

Michelle Huley

Phone: (780) 618-2081

michelle.huley@gov.ab.ca

 

 

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