Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - June 2, 2019 (pm)

Posted on Sun, Jun 02, 2019




FBSFireBan_SocialMedia-01Due to extreme wildfire danger from dry grass and weather indicators, the Fire Ban and OHV Restriction remains 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 for more information and to view a map of the fireban/OHV restriction boundaries.


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of June 2, 2019 at 8 pm)

There were no new fire starts again today.  Our initial attack resources spent the day patrolling for any new lightning holdovers but nothing was found.

Numerous resources including crews, aircraft and heavy equipment groups have been 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.


Battle Complex:

PCX-001 (formerly PWF 052 and 054) remains out of control at 52,322 hectares in size Manning/Notikewin area 

  • Ignitions to clean up some unburnt fuel between the road/guard and the fire's perimeter along the middle of the west side successfully went ahead this afternoon. Ground crews will continue to work in that area to cool the edges in the coming days and reinforce the line that was created. Dozer guard from the Chinchaga Road to the south side of the fire is being completed.
  • On the east side, in the bay of previously unburnt trees, fire activity started early, just as was forecasted. Bucketing helicopters were used to reduce the activity and hold the fire from spreading quickly. Ground crews also worked in the area, where it was safe to do so. Early tomorrow morning, if fire activity has lessened, heavy equipment will work in this area to build dozer guard to close the gap between the burned areas of the bay.
  • Ground crews continue to reinforce the perimeter in several places around the southeast and northeast portions of the fire and to cool and hot spots there.
  • Structural protection crews were on site overnight last night due to the increase in fire behaviour observed. They continue to test and maintain gear installed on several properties in the area 


PWF 070 is now classified as under control at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River.  The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and the perimeter has not changed since Monday of last week.  Firefighters and aircraft are continuing to work towards extinguishing this fire and do not expect the perimeter to grow beyond the current boundaries.  


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:



The forecast for the next few days generally includes decreasing temperatures and increasing humidity. The forecasted temperature for tomorrow is 13 degrees with a chance of small amounts of rain. The humidity is expected to reach 45% and winds will blow in from the southwest at 20 km/hr, switching to northwest 20 km/hr in the afternoon.

Tuesday's forecast is similar to Monday's with slightly warmer temperatures and lighter winds.




County of Northern Lights:

The County of Northern Lights has issued a number of evacuations for the area.  For more information and updates on their status, download the Alberta Emergency Alert app, listen to the local radio station or visit the County of Northern Lights website: or the County’s facebook page

Please note:

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. Registering helps the County of Northern Lights to keep you informed throughout this situation and for re-entry into your community. 

Town of Manning/County of Northern Lights:
The evacuation alert that has been issued for the following areas remains active:
  • northward from township road 910 (North Star Road)
  • Southward of township road 922 (Notikewin Road)
  • everyone west of range road 231
Potentially affected residents must begin preparations to evacuate on short notice (fueling vehicles, gathering documents, preparing food and water and animal safety, etc.)
In the event that the evacuation order is given, the Emergency Coordination Centre will instruct you on an evacuation route and reception centre.
Please continue to monitor the local media stations, the County of Northern Lights website ( and the Town of Manning Facebook page for updates.  


Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement:
Paddle Prairie has been evacuated since last Sunday evening.  Evacuees should register at the reception centre located at the Grande Prairie Regional College.  The reception centre phone number is 780-567-5587.
For information on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement evacuation, please visit their Facebook page.

For more information on evacuation alerts, visit Alberta Emergency Alert or download the free Alberta Emergency Alert app.

72 hour emergency preparedness kit      



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.



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.



Please continue to respect the fire ban and quad restriction currently in effect.  



You can protect your home from wildfire

Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire.

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)