Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - July 30, 2018

Posted on Mon, Jul 30, 2018


Thunderstorm July 29

Lightning and thundershowers blanketed the area last evening creating the potential for some new lightning fire starts over the coming days.  Please call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.



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 30)

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

Lightning has passed through the area which could result in a number of lightning fires over the week.  Help us out by reporting wildfires quickly at 310-FIRE. 

Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties tomorrow with 50% relative humidity.  Additional rain showers and thunder showers are expected to cover the area over the next 24 hours. 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 90 wildfires with a total of 5,305.66 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.  There are currently 3 active wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area, three of which were discovered yesterday afternoon.

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

PWF 87 is now UNDER CONTROL at 8.9 hectares in size close to the BC border on the south end of the Chinchaga Wildland Park.  Firefighters and helicopters are working to contain this fire.

PWF 88 is now UNDER CONTROL at 25.0 hectares in size approximately 20 miles west of Manning.  Multiple firefighters and helicopters were on site today working to contain this fire.

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