Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 31, 2019 (11 pm)

Posted on Fri, May 31, 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 31, 2019 at 9 pm)

There was one new start in the Peace River Forest Area yet today.  PWF 071 has been extinguished at 0.01 hectares in size.

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 71 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season, and each of these wildfires has now been extinguished with the exception of two.


Battle Complex:

PCX-001 (formerly PWF 052 and 054) remains out of control at 52,322 hectares in size Manning/Notikewin area

Today, crews and heavy equipment continued to work on the southeast and east sections of the fire. They have made significant process on guards in the area. This work will continue tomorrow, as long as it is safe to do so.

With a heavy blanket of smoke in the area, helicopters were grounded for most of the day. Toward the end of the day, the smoke cleared somewhat and air support was used to support ground crews in strategic areas on the east side.

Ground crews and heavy equipment also continued their work on a guard on the west side of the fire, south of the Chinchaga Road. That area of the fire was more active today than it has been in recent days, and there could be additional growth on the west side of the fire tomorrow.

More than 400 personnel from Alberta, B.C., Ontario, Quebec, PEI and Newfoundland are working on this fire. They are supported by 23 helicopters, heavy equipment and airtankers. The fire is currently estimated to be 52,469 hectares. A new map will be provided when it becomes available.

PWF 070 remains being held at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River.  The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and the guard held today.

HWF 042 (Chuckegg Creek Fire)

For updates on this fire, please visit 

Click here to view an updated Wildfire Status map.


  • PWF 066 has been extinguished 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:



Thundershowers are passing through the area this evening, which will bring some rain but also lightning creating a chance of new lightning fire starts tomorrow.  Please remember to call 310-FIRE to report wildfires so firefighters can get to them quickly.

Increased temperatures with a high in the mid 20s are expected tomorrow. The humidity is expected to decrease to 15-20% and the winds will come from the SW at 20 km/hr with gusts up to 40 km/hr.  With the low humidity and strong winds in the forecast, fire behavior will be active again tomorrow.




County of Northern Lights:

The County of Northern Lights has issued a number of evacuations for the area.  For more information, download the Alberta Emergency Alert app, listen to the local radio station or visit the County of Northern Lights website: or the County’s facebook page

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. 

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:
Paddle Prairie has been evacuated since Sunday evening.  Evacuees should register at the reception centre located at the Grande Prairie Regional College.  The reception centre phone number is 780-567-5587.
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.

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)