PWF 052 - May 13, pm
Good progress was made on the fire in the Battle River area again today (PWF 054). The wildfire in the Notikewin area (PWF 052) remains out of control but fire behavior was relatively quiet so firefighting efforts have been effective at reducing the fire activity and spread. More information on these and other active wildfires in the area can be found below.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
Although some snow still remains in sheltered areas, exposed dry grass in the Peace River region poses a significant wildfire risk. As a result, a Fire Advisory is now in effect for the Peace River Forest Area.
Existing fire permits remain valid (subject to suspension or cancellation). New fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis. Please continue to monitor this site for any changes.
What is allowed:
Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
Portable propane fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Many nearby municipalities have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place. Please check www.albertafirebans.ca before doing any burning.
There have been 55 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season, and each of these wildfires has now been extinguished with the exception of six:
WILDFIRES OF NOTE:
Battle Complex (Notikewin and Battle River wildfires):
- PWF 052 is out of control at 2,507 hectares in size in the Notikewin Area.
- This fire is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Manning. Heavy equipment, crews and aerial support (helicopters bucketing and air tankers) have been working to control this fire since early this morning and due to the reduced intensity of the fire, their efforts have been effective at reducing the fire activity and spread. The fire has not grown significantly today and given the forecasted weather, the fire behavior is expected to be relatively subdued again tomorrow.
- PWF 054 is burning out of control at 75 hectares in size in the Battle River area. Crews made good progress on this fire again today, working with pumps and hoses along the perimeter. There is now dozer guard around 50% of the fire (on the east side). There were numerous firefighters working on the ground on this fire today, supported by helicopters with buckets.
- Battle Complex Map
On both fires, the fire behavior was more subdued today than yesterday due in large part to diminished winds. Cooler temperatures are expected tomorrow with cloud cover in the afternoon, moderate humidity levels, and winds from the NE at 10 to 15 km/hr.
For updates on efforts being taken by municipal fire fighters to provide structural protection and emergency preparedness information, please visit the County of Northern Lights website.
OTHER WILDFIRES IN THE AREA:
- PWF 043 has been turned over to the landowner at 0.50 hectares in size.
- PWF 050 is under control at 0.10 hectares in size west of Deadwood.
- PWF 055 has been turned over to the landowner at 0.01 hectares in size in the Hotchkiss area.
- PWF 056 has been turned over to the landowner at 0.10 hectares in size in the Reno area.
For your safety and the safety of the numerous firefighters working to contain this wildfire, please 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.
FIRE PERMITS REQUIRED
The 2019 Fire Season started on March 1, 2019. As of that date, 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 to learn more.
DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT WILDFIRES
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.
Check your OHV for debrisOff-highway vehicles can start wildfires and this is especially likely in dry grass conditions. Check frequently to ensure hot spots such as your exhaust, muffler, under the seat, wheel wells, engine and manifold on your OHV are free of debris, and ensure that your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Wildfire Information Officer