Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - July 27, 2018

Posted on Fri, Jul 27, 2018




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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WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 5 pm on July 27)

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

Temperatures are expected to reach the low thirties tomorrow with relative humidities settling around 30-35%.  Scattered thundershowers and rain showers are expected to pass through the area in the next 24 hours bringing with them a moderate to high chance of lightning.  This could make for an active lightning fire day tomorrow, with firefighters dealing with multiple wildfires.  Help us out by reported wildfires quickly at 310-FIRE.  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.

The Peace River Forest Area has recorded 89 wildfires with a total of 5,291.51 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 4 active wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area, three of which were discovered this afternoon.

PWF 47 is under control at 3,992 hectares in size 20 kms west of Hotchkiss.

PWF 87 is out of control at 2.5 hectares in size close to the BC border on the south end of the Chinchaga Wildland Park.  Firefighters, air tankers and helicopters are on site working on containing this fire.

PWF 88 is out of control at 20.0 hectares in size approximately 20 miles west of Manning.  Firefighters, air tankers and helicopters are on site fighting the fire this evening.

PWF 89 is 0.1 hectares in size southwest of North Star.  A helicopter has been bucketing on this fire since it was discovered and a firefighting crew will work to contain this fire this evening.   

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

PREV_OHV_HotSpots_Ad_7.75x5_CMYK-1Grass, 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