The wildfire danger in the Peace River Forest Area is now VERY HIGH. Significant precipitation will be required before the wildfire danger and the current fire restriction can be downgraded.
A FIRE RESTRICTION is in place for the Peace River Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions, which will increase the fire danger.
Under this restriction:
Existing fire permits are suspended;
All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
Wood campfires on public land
Fireworks and exploding targets
Wood campfires on private land
Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
Backyard fire pits on private land
Charcoal briquette barbeques
Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
Indoor wood fires
Open flame oil devices
Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
There are currently four wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area. One of these wildfires is being held and three are under control.
Since March 1, there have been 42 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area burning a total of 21.74 hectares (ha).
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
There are currently 89 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Thirteen of these wildfires are out of control, 35 are being held, 40 are under control, and one has been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1st, there have been 878 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 20,094 ha.
For more information, visit the Alberta Wildfire Status Map.
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During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on doing any burning in the Forest Protection Area, other than a campfire.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving, be sure to soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.
Please contact the local forestry office at 780-624-6190 to obtain your free fire permit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please contact:
Provincial Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 420-1968
Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)