Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - August 6, 2018

Posted on Mon, Aug 06, 2018


NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App is not updating. Please use the wildfire status map on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for current locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue.


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There are currently no fire advisories/restrictions or bans in
 effect for the Peace River Forest Area.  Some municipalities in the province may have an advisory, restriction or fireban in place. 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!

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The fire danger level in the Peace River Forest Area is now HIGH. 

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid twenties tomorrow with 40-45% relative humidity.  Additional rain showers and thunder showers are expected to pass through the area over the next 24 hours with a high chance of lightning. Strong winds are in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon.  Check our wildfire weather forecast for more details (MA=west side of the Peace River, RE= the east side).

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


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 7 pm on August 6)

The Peace River Forest Area has recorded 99 wildfires with a total of 5,331.40 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 5 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 87 remains under control at 9.2 hectares in size close to the BC border on the south end of the Chinchaga Wildland Park.  


PWF 97 is now being held at 12.7 hectares in size east of the Paddle Prairie Area on the east side of the river.

PWF 98 is now under control at 1.4 hectares in size east of the Notikewin Provincial Park on the east side of the river.

PWF 99 has been extinguished at 0.01 hectares in size west of Hawk Hills (on the west side of the highway).

Firefighters, air tankers and helicopters have all been working hard to gain control of these wildfires tonight and will continue their efforts first thing in the morning.  

There have been a number of small lightning fires in the area in the last week and due to the hard work of our firefighters and aircraft, they have all been extinguished.  With the thundershowers that are expected to continue to pass through the area, there is a potential for new lightning fire starts.  Please help us get to them while they are small by calling 310-FIRE to report all wildfires.

Anyone with smoke related health concerns should check the Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24/7 health advise from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map use  Western Canada Smoke

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.  

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