Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - April 20, 2019

Posted on Sat, Apr 20, 2019


The Peace River Forest Area is experiencing strong, gusty winds that may persist throughout the weekend. With the dry forest vegetation, wildfires will spread quickly in these conditions.  Please follow the conditions on your fire permit, recreate safely and call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

There may be smoke in the air due to a wildfire burning within the boundary of the MD of Peace. If you are experiencing any respiratory issues please call Health Link at 811. 



fire_advisory-resized-600Although snow remains in the back country, areas of exposed dry grass around the Peace River area pose a significant wildfire risk. As a result, a Fire Advisory is now in effect for the Peace River Forest Area.

Existing fire permits remain valid (subject to suspension or cancellation). New fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.

What is allowed:
Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
Charcoal briquettes
Portable propane fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hot spots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.



hazard reduction burningWeather permitting, and in order to reduce the dry grass fire hazard in the area, firefighters will be continuing to conduct hazard reduction burns numerous areas throughout the weekend including:

  • north of the Whitemud River along hwy 743
  • approximately 1 mile east of Keg River
  • 20 miles west of Dixonville

Burning grass in a controlled manner is one of a number of fuel management tools that can be used to reduce the potential for unwanted wildfire, in and around communities and across landscapes.  



The 2019 Fire Season started on March 1, 2019.  As of that date, fire permits are required for all burning, with the exception of heating or warming fires, within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.  

Call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to find out how to obtain your FREE fire permit and to learn more.



For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit:




Be sure to extinguish your campfires

Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.


Check your OHV for debris

PREV_OHV_HotSpots_Ad_7.75x5_CMYK-1Off-highway vehicles can start wildfires and this is especially likely in dry grass conditions.  Check frequently to ensure hot spots such as your exhaust, muffler, under the seat, wheel wells, engine and manifold on your OHV are free of debris, and ensure that your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly. 



You can protect your home from wildfire

Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.

Learn more at





Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215