Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 28, 2019

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2019

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PWF 052 - May 28, pm  


FBSFireBan_SocialMedia-01Due 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 for more information and to view a map of the fireban/OHV restriction boundaries.


WILDFIRE UPDATE (current as of May 28, 2019 at 9 pm)

There were no new starts in the Peace River Forest Area today, allowing firefighters to focus their full efforts on patrols and the fires we already have burning in the area.  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 70 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season, and each of these wildfires has now been extinguished with the exception of five:


Battle Complex (Notikewin and Battle River wildfires):

PWF 052 remains out of control at 29,924 hectares in size in the Notikewin Area. 

  • There was a significant amount of growth on the fire overnight last night, especially in the northern section of the fire. Increased fire activity was observed late into the evening because of low humidity and warm temperatures throughout the night.
  • Today has been a challenging day on fire PWF-052 with extreme fire behaviour making it unsafe for firefighters and heavy equipment to work in many areas. Increased activity has been observed on all edges of the fire today. The fire is burning both on the ground and through the tree tops. At this time, the fire is slowly growing to the north with other areas of the fire spreading as well.
  • There is a significant amount of smoke in the fire’s vicinity, especially to the east of the fire. This smoke is helping to keep the direct sun from reaching the eastern portions of the fire, which is helping to reduce activity in those areas slightly. Where smoke doesn’t provide shade for the fire, on the west and south sides of the fire, activity has increased.
  • Efforts are being focused on the east side of the fire. To slow the fire’s growth, ground crews and heavy equipment are building guard, where it is safe to do so. They are also working to contain hot spots that have appeared outside the perimeter in the southeast section of the fire. Helicopters are being used throughout the fire as needed and airtankers are being requested to support ground crews where achievable objectives exist for them.
  • The fire was estimated to be 29,924 hectares as of this morning. A new size estimate and map will be provided tomorrow.

PWF 054 is under control at 74.23 hectares in size in the Battle River area.    

PWF 070 is out of control at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River.  Numerous firefighters, helicopters and heavy equipment worked towards containing this fire today.  The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and that guard has held today.

PWF 070 map 


  • PWF 064 has been turned over to the landowner at 0.01 hectares in size. 
  • PWF 066 has been turned over to the landowner at 10.50 hectares in size in the Three Creeks area. 

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:




Crossover conditions have been forecasted for tomorrow.  This means temperatures will be higher (30 degrees) than the relative humidity (15%) resulting in very dry forest vegetation.  This combined with the gusty winds (NW 20 km/hr gusting up to 35km/hr) that are expected, will create extremely volatile burning conditions.

Numerous firefighters, helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment groups have been strategically placed throughout the Peace River Forest Area in preparation for any new wildfire starts.  Please help them get to fires quickly by calling 310-FIRE to report wildfires.




County of Northern Lights:

Due to the current extreme dry conditions, winds and the advancement of the Notikewin Wildfire (Battle Complex) the County of Northern Lights is issuing an EVACUATION ALERT for households located north of 7th avenue NW/Township Rd. 915, all the way north to Twin Lakes Campground and as far east as the Notikewin River.

Potentially affected residents must begin preparations to evacuate on short notice (fueling vehicles, gathering documents, preparing food and water, animal safety, etc.). A map of the evacuation alert area is available here.
In the event that an Evacuation order is given, the County will instruct you on an evacuation route and reception centres at that time. This evacuation alert does not affect the Town of Manning. Only County residents north to the Twin Lakes Campground.
Please continue to monitor the local media station, the County Website at: and County Facebook page for updates.
Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement:
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.

Learn more at





Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

Many nearby municipalities have advisories, restrictions or firebans in place.  Please check before doing any burning.