Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - August 20, 2018

Posted on Mon, Aug 20, 2018


Strong winds have been forecasted for the area tomorrow.  Wildfires may spread quickly in these hot and windy conditions.  Please exercise caution, burn within the conditions on your fire permit and help our firefighters get to new starts quickly by calling 310-FIRE to report wildfires.



A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Peace River Forest Area due to increasingly hot and dry conditions.

Fire permits will be considered 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 hotspots 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.

For more information on this and other fire advisories, restrictions and fire bans within the province, please visit or download the new Alberta Firebans App available for Android and Apple devices.


The fire danger level in the Peace River Forest Area is now VERY HGH

Firefighters, helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment groups have been strategically placed around the area in preparation for any new wildfire starts.


  • CROSSOVER CONDITIONS are expected tomorrow with temperatures expected to be in the high twenties and 25% relative humidity
  • No rain has been forecasted for the area over the next 24 hours.
  • STRONG WINDS have been forecasted (SW 25 with gusts up to 40 km/hr).  Please follow the conditions on your fire permit and do NOT burn in such strong winds.
  • Check our wildfire weather forecast for more details (MA=west side of the Peace River, RE= the east side).


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 5 pm on August 20)

The Peace River Forest Area has recorded 108 wildfires with a total of 5,335.94 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 3 active wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area.

  • PWF 47 remains under control at 3,992 hectares in size 20 kms west of Hotchkiss.
  • PWF 97 is under control at 12.7 hectares in size east of the Paddle Prairie Area on the east side of the river. 
  • PWF 107 is now being held in the Hotchkiss area at 2.4 hectares in size.
  • There was one new fire discovered this morning (PWF 108), and it has already been extinguished at 0.01 hectares in size.

*a hectare is 100 metres x 100 metres

wildfire status


  • For your safety and the safety of firefighters, please stay clear of wildfire operations especially when aircraft are flying in the area. We appreciate your support.  
  • Anyone with smoke related health concerns should check the Alberta Health Services  website or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map use  Western Canada Smoke.

For more information on the location of wildfires in the province including status definitions, please visit our wildfire status map. 

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



Before you burn it, get a permit

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 please burn safely within the conditions on your permit.  

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.

Keep your OHV debris free

Grass, twigs, leaves and mud can build up in the hotspots, heat up, drop off and start a wildfire. Remember to clean your machine before, during and after your ride.

Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires. 





Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215