Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 30, 2019 (noon)

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2019



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 30, 2019 at noon)

There have been no new starts in the Peace River Forest Area yet 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 52,322 hectares in size in the Notikewin Area 

  • Yesterday was a challenging day on the fire. Crews and heavy equipment were pulled off the fire early due to safety concerns and heavy smoke on the fire prevented the use of air support for much of the day.  

  • The growth that occurred was mainly toward the south on the northeast and southeast portions of the fire, although several areas of the fire were active.

  • Today, efforts will be focused on building guard and cooling hot spots on the east and southeast sections of the fire. They will be supported by helicopters and air tankers, if visibility and fire conditions allow. Growth is expected on the southwest and west areas of the fire today with N/NE winds.

  • An updated map is currently in production by our technical experts. It will be shared when it becomes available. The latest size estimate is 52,322 hectares.

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

PWF 070 is still being held at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River.  Numerous firefighters and  helicopters continued to work towards containing this fire today.  The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and the guard held overnight and so far today.

PWF 070 map 


HWF 042 (Chuckegg Creek Fire)

This fire spread down into the Peace River Forest Area yesterday, specifically in the Paddle Prairie area.  For updates on this fire, please visit 



  • 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:



The red flag weather warning remains in the fire area because of low humidity and high temperatures, which means extreme fire behaviour will continue in the coming days.

Today’s forecast calls for gusty winds from the N/NE, a high temperature of 21 degrees and relative humidity between 20 and 25 per cent. The cooler temperatures and higher humidity will help with firefighting efforts but will be offset by 20 km/h winds with gusts up to 35 km/h. The presence or absence of smoke and cloud will be a key factor in determining the fire’s behaviour today.

On Friday, we expect to see increased temperatures with a high in the mid 20s. The humidity will be a bit higher than we have seen over the last week and winds will be 15 to 20 km/h from the S/SW.




County of Northern Lights:

Area north of Manning:

Due to the Battle River Complex Wildfire encroaching on residents, the County of Northern Lights has declared a mandatory evacuation order for residents to immediately evacuate within the following boundary: Northward from Township Rd. 922, Southward from the Twin Lakes Campground, Westward from the Notikewin River. 

Residents in the Evacuation area must evacuate immediately. Residents must report to the Reception Centre located at the County of Northern Lights Main Office Building, at 600, 7th Ave. NW, Manning. If you are physically unable to evacuate on your own call 780 836 3348 and together, we will make a plan. Use extreme caution while driving as visibility may be poor.

UPDATED- Keg River and Carcajou:

Everyone in the Keg River, Carcajou, and all residents from the northern border of the County of Northern Lights south to Township Rd. 922 have been advised to evacuate the area due to the danger of the approaching wildfire from the north. Everyone evacuating this area must use Highway 35 to travel south to evacuate. Everyone evacuating the area needs to register at the County Office. 

Everyone in Keg River, Carcajou, and residents living in the northern border of the County of Northern Lights south to Township Rd. 922, known as the Notikewin Rd. must evacuate immediately and proceed to the County Office to register and receive further instructions. The County of Northern Lights Main Office Building is located at, 600, 7th Ave. NW, Manning.

Please note:

If you are physically unable to evacuate on your own accord and require assistance, call the County Office at 780.836.3348 and together, they will make a plan with you.

The evacuation route is Highway 35 south. Please use extreme caution while driving as visibility is poor due to smoke.

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. If you are planning to stay with friends or family, you are still asked to report at the registration centre.

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

Further instructions and additional information will be given at the registration centre concerning possible destinations. Please listen to the local radio station or visit the County of Northern Lights website: or the County’s facebook page

Town of Manning/County of Northern Lights:
An evacuation alert has been issued for the following areas:
  • 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:
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

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)