Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 12

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2022


Spring is budding in the Peace River Forest Area. Green-up has begun, but it’s also the time of year when deciduous trees have extremely low moisture content, reaching maximum dryness. Trees are extremely flammable and fire can spread quickly, torching and crowning in trees.

If you are operating an off-highway vehicle (OHV) use caution, clear your hot spots, and carry a collapsible bucket and shovel. Sparks from rocks hitting heavy machinery, dragging chains and welding operations are all high-risk activities.

Report Wildfires by calling 310-3473 if you spot smoke or fire in the forest.



There are two wildfires in the Peace Forest Area. PWF015 is 0.5 hectares, and PWF016 is .01 hectares. Both are Under Control. There have been 17 fires this year in the Peace River Forest area. There have been 190 fires in the province this year to date, compared to 275 at this time last year.


Please use caution in areas of exposed dry grass. As dry grass burns fast, any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire, even when the temperatures are cool.

Adhere to the conditions of your burn permit, never burn in windy conditions and always extinguish your campfire. If you see smoke or flame, call 310-3473.


Fire Permit Online

You can now request your fire permit online through a new online portal. During wildfire season, fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, except for campfires.

Fire permits are free and help us track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit before burning, you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

To request a fire permit online, visit the new portal. You will need a MyAlberta Digital ID to access the portal. Please note that you can still request your permit from the Peace River forest office by calling 780-624-6190.


Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.

Available for Apple and Android.

Before heading out, please check to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.



Contact information:

Peace Wildfire Information Officer

Michelle Huley

Phone: (780) 618-2081