Thank you for your patience and co-operation over the past few weeks!
FIRE BAN AND OHV RESTRICTION HAS BEEN LIFTED!
The Fire Ban and OHV Restriction has been lifted in the Peace River Forest Area.
While the fire ban has been lifted, it is always important to burn safely and ensure you have an active fire permit.
Pre-existing fire permits are now active provided they haven't expired. Call 624-6190 to acquire your free fire permit.
PLEASE NOTE: Nearby municipalities may still have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place. Please check www.albertafirebans.ca for more information.
WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of 5 pm on June 24, 2019)
There have been 89 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.
Thanks to the hard work of firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment, 75% of the fire perimeter is now considered to be contained. A combination of crews, heavy equipment and aerial resources continued to target and action the hot spots today and will do so tomorrow as well. There is limited fire behaviour potential for the next few days with the forecasted unsettled weather.
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 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 drift into the area intermittently. 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.
All suspended fire permits are now active (if they haven't expired). Please call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to acquire your free fire permit.
While the fire ban and OHV restriction have been lifted, it is still important to do your part to prevent wildfires.
Ensure your campfire is completely extinguished. Soak it. Stir it. Soak It Again. Repeat until your fire is cool to the touch.
Ensure your OHV is debris free and that you keep dried grasses and other debris from collecting near the hot parts of your OHV such as the muffler, exhaust, under your seat, in the wheel wells, engine and manifold.
And as always, call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.
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.
Learn more at firesmartcanada.ca.
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Wildfire Information Officer