While numerous crews continued their efforts on the Battle complex, the Peace River Forest Area was deeply honored to have one of our long time firefighters participate in the grand entry at the Peace River Pow Wow today.
FIRE BAN REMAINS IN EFFECT
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 www.albertafirebans.ca for more information and to view a map of the fireban/OHV restriction boundaries.
Thank you for your continued co-operation.
WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 9 pm on June 22, 2019)
There have been 88 wildfires this fire season in the Peace River Forest Area, all but three of which have now been extinguished:
Battle Complex- PCX-001 (formerly PWF 052 and 054):
This lightning caused fire remains BEING HELD at 55,179 hectares in size in the Manning/Notikewin area.
Firefighting efforts continued today using a combination of crews, heavy equipment and aerial resources to target and extinguish hot spots within the perimeter. Due to the hard work of these resources over the past weeks, this fire is now considered 65% contained. The higher temperatures and lower humidity levels resulted in increased fire behavior throughout the day and some of the unburned stands of trees within the perimeter burned today, but the fire did not cross the guard.
PWF 070 remains classified as under control at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River. The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard. Crews continue to patrol the fire.
PWF 076 is under control at 37 hectares in size in the Cliffdale area (33 kms east of St. Isidore and 27 kms south of Cadotte Lake). Firefighters and air support continue to work on this wildfire.
For updates on fires in the High Level Forest Area, please visit http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update
For updates on fires in the Slave Lake Forest Area, please visit http://srd.web.alberta.ca/slave-lake-area-update
For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
For your safety and the safety of the numerous firefighters working to contain these wildfires, please obey the access restrictions and stay out of the area.
For more information on evacuation alerts, visit Alberta Emergency Alert or download the free Alberta Emergency Alert app.
The Chinchaga Road continues to be closed to the public. It can be accessed by commercial traffic but there are danger trees along the route so those using the road must stop at the checkpoints, drive 50 km/hr and drive straight through the area affected by the fire. No stopping is permitted while traversing the fire area.
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 .
Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta may also cause reduced visibility. Please turn your vehicle headlights from auto to on when driving. For further information on air quality, visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx
For your own safety and the safety of firefighters, please do not enter burned over areas, as the roots of burned trees are weakened and can fall without any wind. Firefighters may also still be working in the area and be unaware of your presence.
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.
You can protect your home from wildfire
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Wildfire Information Officer