FIRE BAN IN EFFECT
Due to extreme wildfire danger from dry grass and weather indicators, a Fire Ban and OHV Restriction is now in effect for the Peace River Forest Area and most of northern Alberta.
Existing fire permits are suspended until further notice.
- All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.
- Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
- Fireworks and exploding targets.
- The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands.
- Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
- OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands.
The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Many nearby municipalities have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place. Please check www.albertafirebans.ca for more information and to view a map of the fireban/OHV restriction boundaries.
WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of June 1, 2019 at 10 pm)
There were no new starts in the Peace River Forest Area today.
Numerous resources including crews, aircraft and heavy equipment groups were placed throughout the area on standby and at the ready to quickly action any new wildfire starts.
There have been 71 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season, and each of these wildfires has now been extinguished with the exception of two.
WILDFIRES OF NOTE:
PCX-001 (formerly PWF 052 and 054) remains out of control at 52,322 hectares in size Manning/Notikewin area
- With strong gusty winds from the southwest for most of the day, fire activity increased.
- On the mid-west section of the fire, ground crews laid hose on a long stretch to support machine guard and other existing barriers, such as roads, with the goal of preventing the fire from growing further to the west.
- Ground crews and heavy equipment made good progress building machine guard and laying hose in the southeast section of the fire. Just to the north, in the mid-east section, aggressive fire behaviour resulted in a concentrated firefighting effort. Helicopters were used to cool areas in this section throughout much of the day. Airtankers and structure protection units worked to slow the spread of the fire toward structures to the east of the fire.
- Structure protection units from a variety of locations across Alberta are supporting efforts on this fire.
PWF 070 remains being held at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River. The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and the guard held today.
HWF 042 (Chuckegg Creek Fire)
For updates on this fire, please visit
For your safety and the safety of the numerous firefighters working to contain these wildfires, please stay obey the access restrictions and stay out of the area if you do not need to be there.
For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
Overnight, the forecast calls for 20 km/h winds with gusts up to 40 km/h. Those winds will continue until midday tomorrow, when they will switch back to 20 to 25 km/h from the southwest. Slow overnight humidity recovery could result in fire activity continuing well into the night.
A high of 19 degrees is expected tomorrow with relative humidity at 25 to 30 %. Clear skies may result in early fire activity but will allow for aircraft to fly. Monday may bring a bit of relief with 70% of the area receiving rain with between 5 and 10 mm expected.
County of Northern Lights:
If you are physically unable to evacuate on your own accord and require assistance, call the County Office at 780.836.3348 and together, they will make a plan with you.
The evacuation route is Highway 35 south. Please use extreme caution while driving as visibility is poor due to smoke.
All evacuees are requested to report at the Registration Centre located at the County of Northern Lights Main Office building at #600-7th Ave NW Manning. If you are planning to stay with friends or family, you are still asked to report at the registration centre.
Registering helps the County of Northern Lights to keep you informed throughout this situation and for re-entry into your community.
- northward from township road 910 (North Star Road)
- Southward of township road 922 (Notikewin Road)
- everyone west of range road 231
For more information on evacuation alerts, visit Alberta Emergency Alert or download the free Alberta Emergency Alert app.
For information on road closures and other access related hazards, visit Alberta 511 or download the free Alberta 511 app.
Smoke may be drifting into the area for the foreseeable future. Anyone with health concerns should check with Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map, visit Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for Western Canada.
FIRE PERMITS SUSPENDED
All fire permits have been suspended, effective on May 16 at 6 pm. No fire permits will be issued until the fire danger conditions improve.
Please call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 if you have any questions about fire permits.
DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT WILDFIRES
Please continue to respect the fire ban and quad restriction currently in effect.
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Wildfire Information Officer