Wildfire West of Notikewin (Battle Complex PCX001), Keg River Fire (PWF070), and Chuckegg Creek (HWF042)

For the latest updates on the Battle Complex Wildfire, please visit: http://srd.web.alberta.ca/peace-river-area-update/all

For the latest updates on the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire, please visit: http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update/all

 

Sunday, June 2 at 8:30 pm

Battle Complex Wildfire

Ignitions to clean up some unburnt fuel between the road/guard and the fire's perimeter along the mid-west section successfully went ahead this afternoon. Ground crews will continue to work in that area to cool the edges in coming days and reinforce the line created. Machine guard from the Chinchaga Road to the south is being completed.

On the east side, in the bay of previously unburnt forest, fire activity started early, just as forecast. Bucketing helicopters were used to reduce the activity and hold the fire from spreading quickly. Ground crews also worked in the area, where it was safe to do so. Early tomorrow morning, if fire activity has lessened, heavy equipment will work in this area to build machine guard to close the gap between the burned areas of the bay.

Ground crews continue to reinforce the perimeter in several places around the southeast and northeast portions of the fire and to cool and hot spots that exist.

Structure protection crews were onsite overnight last night due to the increase in fire behaviour observed. They continue to test and maintain gear installed on several properties in the area.

The fire was estimated to be 54,816 hectares as of late this morning.

The forecast for the next few days generally includes a westerly flow with decreasing temperatures and increasing humidity. The high temperature is expected to be 13 with a chance of small amounts of rain. The humidity should reach 45 per cent and winds will be southwest 20 km/h, switching to northwest 20 in the afternoon. Tuesday's forecast is similar to Monday's with slightly warmer temperature and lighter winds.

PWF 070: west of Keg River is now classified as under control at 251 hectares in size west of Keg River. The fire has been completely surrounded by dozer guard and the perimeter has not changed since Monday of last week. Firefighters and aircraft are continuing to work towards extinguishing this fire and do not expect the perimeter to grow beyond the current boundaries.

Sunday, June 2nd at 12:50 pm

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

  • There was little growth on the fire overnight.  Clear skies may result in increased fire activity earlier than usual today but it allowed ground crews, heavy equipment and helicopters to get an early start this morning. Their efforts will be focused on the middle section of the eastern side of the fire, in the bay of previously unburned fuel where the fire was active yesterday evening.
  • Ignitions were used on the middle of the western side of the fire yesterday to create a fuel-free section in an area where the fire has been moving westward against the wind over the last few days. Ground crews and heavy equipment will work on the west end again today. The smoke from that ignition also created some shade on the east side of fire, and that can help to reduce fire activity.
  • Ground crews continue to work on the southeast end of the fire as well. They are laying hose and cooling the area along the perimeter to reduce the risk of the fire moving beyond the existing perimeter.

 

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 perimeter has not changed since Monday of last week.  Firefighters and aircraft are continuing to work towards extinguishing this fire.  

 

HWF 042 remains out of control and is approximately 280,000 hectares

Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft continue to focus on establishing containment in priorities areas. Structural and wildland firefighters continue to work around Paddle Prairie to protect values. On the east side of the Peace River by Tompkins Landing, fire guard lines have been completed from the agricultural land to the Peace River with structural and municipal firefighters extinguishing hot spots along the fire perimeter to limit spread. Airtankers and bucketing helicopters are assisting ground operations as possible, but thick smoke continues to limit visibility on parts of the fire.

Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highways 35 and 58. Heavy equipment is building fire guards to the north of High Level to limit further spread of the fire towards Hutch Lake.

The forecast today anticipates dry conditions with winds prevailing from the west and southwest, with gusts up to 35 km/hour. A red flag weather watch has been issued, with the potential for extreme fire behaviour. Yesterday we saw scattered precipitation and thundershowers across parts of the fire, approximately 5-14mm. This in result can dampen fire activity and aid suppression efforts, but any return of warm and dry weather can revive fire behaviour.

The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction remains in effect until conditions improve. 

 

Saturday, June 1st at 12:15 pm

The Battle Complex Fire (now PCX001)

The Battle Complex, PWF052 and PWF054, is now known as PCX001. Fire growth was minimal overall yesterday, but there was significant activity and some growth on the mid-west side. 

Last night, the east side of the Battle Complex received 5 to 10 mm of rain. The west side received less, with some areas receiving none. The rain passed through the area quite quickly and brought with it strong winds. 

The humidity has increased this morning and smoke is hanging in the air, once again keeping air resources off the fire. The smoke is expected to clear later today and air support will be provided on the fire when possible. 

Today’s weather forecast includes SE winds with speeds of 20 km/h with gusts up to 35 km/h and shifting to the west later in the day. The high temperature will be 24. There’s a chance of thundershowers later today. 

On Sunday, a high of 21, wind speeds of 20 km/h from the west will diminish to 15 km/h from the SW in the afternoon. Relative humidity will be approximately 30 per cent. 

Ground crews and heavy equipment continue to work on building a guard on the west side of the fire, south of the Chinchaga Road. That area is expected to be one of the most active areas today although there could be intense activity on many areas of the fire over the next couple days. 

Significant efforts continue on the east and southeast portions of the fire as well. Crews are focussed on bolstering guard as it is built by heavy equipment and they are working to cool areas along the fire’s edge.

The Evacuation Order remains in affect for County residents northward of Township Rd. 922, southward from Twin Lakes Campground and westward from the Notikewin River.

The Evacuation Alert Notice remains in affect for residents in the Town of Manning inculding northward from Township Rd. 910 (North Star Rd), southward of Township Rd 922 (Notikewin Rd) and everyone west of RR 231. 

For a current map, please click here.

 

Chuckegg Creek (HWF042)

The Chuckegg Creek Fire experienced extreme fire behaviour on May 29th with significant growth to the south towards Paddle Prairie, across Highway 35 by Highway 697 and with spotting across to the east side of the Peace River. Continued hot and dry conditions along with variable, gusty winds have proved a challenge to firefighting efforts and safety.

The High Level Fire Department and other municipal firefighters have completed structural protection around High Level. In addition, structural protection has been completed on Mackenzie County homes southeast of High Level, Tolko and Norbord. Structural protection and firefighters are mobilized south of the fire by Paddle Prairie, to the east of the Peace River, and in the Keg River to Carcajou area. This fire is in the High Level Forest Area, to stay up to date, please visit the the Forestry website at www.wildifre.alberta.ca and select High Level Forest Area. 

For an up to date map, please click here.

  

Keg River Fire (PWF070)

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. For a current map, please click here. 

For further Forestry updates visit: www.wildfire.alberta.ca/ 

 

Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 10:15 pm

At the time of this post, the rain is falling at the Battle Complex incident command post, with thunder and lightning in the area. The forecast calls for one to five millimetres of precipitation with varying amounts anticipated to fall across the fire. While this is good news because it raises the humidity, it also brings instability and wind, which can challenge firefighting efforts. 

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for SW winds with speeds of 20 to 30 km/h with strong gusts up to 40 to 45 km/h. The relative humidity is expected to be in the high teens and the high temperature will be in the mid-20s. With low humidity and strong winds, we anticipate another active fire day on Saturday. 

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 on Saturday, as long as it is safe to do so. 

With a heavy blanket of smoke covering the fire today, 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.

 

Thursday, May 30th at 11:00 pm 

PWF 070 (Keg River Fire)

PWF 070 is still being held at 251 hectares in size and the perimeter did not change again today.  Crews and helicopters will continue their efforts on this fire again tomorrow.

 

Thursday, May 30th at 11:00 pm 

Battle River Complex:

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and heavy smoke helped to reduce fire activity today. However, the smoke also meant aircraft were unable to fly throughout the day.

 

Today, many of the crews and heavy equipment assigned to this fire focussed on the creation of a significant guard on the east side of the fire. This guard is intended to help reduce the likelihood that the fire will move toward the town of Manning and rural properties in the area. To ensure the guard is built as quickly as possible and while the wind and weather are in our favour, a contingent of both ground crews and heavy equipment will continue to work on this guard throughout the night.

 

Elsewhere on the fire, firefighters began retrieving gear, including hoses and pumps, so it can be reallocated to priority areas on the fire.

 

Structure protection specialists continue to assess properties and deploy sprinkler units within the County of Northern Lights’ evacuation area.

 

Nearly 400 personnel, 22 helicopters, heavy equipment and air tankers continue to work on this fire today.

 

A red flag weather watch is now in place in the fire area.

 

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.

 

An updated map of the fire is attached. PWF-052 is now estimated to be 52,607 hectares. PWF-054 is now within PWF-052’s perimeter and will not be updated as a separate fire. 

 

Saturday, May 25th at 9:15 pm

 Clear skies this morning meant Forestry was able to get on the fireline early. Dozers and ground crews made solid progress on the north/northwest side today. The southwest side is looking good with reinforced dozer guard and crews extinguishing hotspots along the perimeter with hose and pumps.

 

The south edge of the fire, which tankers and dozers worked on yesterday, is holding this afternoon at 1800.  Dozers continue to work on widening the guard along Stowe Creek Road today. 

 

Today the fire was active on the west side, near Chin Road.  In the coming days, as able, forestry plan to build a dozer guard along the mid-west side of the fire.

 

Late today, with the switching winds from northeast to northwest, the fire crossed the guard and pushed eastward south of the Hotchkiss River.  Tankers and helicopters with buckets are working on this excursion presently and will continue until dark.  Tankers will resume work early tomorrow, to hold this line until dozers can build guard in this area.

 

The plan tomorrow is to focus all resources on the east side of the fire with the intent to hold the fire and catch any potential spot fires as quickly as possible.  Strong and gusty southwest winds tomorrow, under continuing extreme dry conditions, will challenge the east boundaries of the fire, as we have seen tonight.  One of the biggest risks tomorrow is from ember transfer – or from spot fires caused by the wind carrying burning embers outside of the current fire perimeter.

 

For the past several nights the winds have been lighter at night, allowing the fire to settle down.  This is not likely tonight.  Winds overnight mean the fire will continue to be active, and it is likely the fire behavior will intensify earlier tomorrow, likely by noon.

 

Mother Nature is sending southwest winds which are testing the fire breaks crews have created on the east side of the fire to protect communities.

 

Chin Road remains closed from 9 am to midnight.  We appreciate your patience.  Today the fire was quite active on the northwest side, near Chin Road as well as on the east side, south of Chin Road.

 

Forestry has almost 250 firefighters working on this wildfire with crews from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

 

The County now has onsite air monitoring equipment and in conjunction with Alberta Health Services and their Environmental Health Experts the County will continue to closely monitor the situation. 

 

Residents health and safety is our primary concern. Please take all necessary steps to ensure your health as air quality may fluctuate with prevailing winds as is predicted for Sunday, Monday and potentially Tuesday.  Close windows, limit your outdoor physical activity, drink plenty of water. Children and elderly are at a higher risk, if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms call Health Link at 811.

 

Special Note: Poor visibility is being experienced while travelling on gravel roads due to the dust and smoke. Please use Extreme Caution when travelling on any road.

 

Please stay tuned to the County of Northern Lights facebook page, website: www.countyofnorthernlights.com and the Town of Manning Facebook page and local radio stations.

for further Forestry updates please visit: www.alberta.wildfire.ca 

 

 

 

Friday, May 24th at 7:10 pm

 The inversion lifted early today and the area saw blue sky, allowing expedient work on the fireline.  The fire is now 21,000 hectares. 

 Dozers completed guard on the north tip of the fire.  Other dozers are working on the southeast side, where the fire was very active early today. Tankers laid retardant lines earlier in the afternoon along this active area, holding the fire in a cutblock until the dozers could get there to build a firebreak.  Another group of dozers is working along Stowe Creek Road to widen the firebreak there and contain the excursion the fire took last night. 

 

Crews did some burning on the grazing lease today to help lessen the risk of ember transfer from west winds.  The ignition team was successful in their burn this afternoon, removing more fuel and strengthening the break on the east side of the fire immediately south of the Hotchkiss River.

 

The weather tomorrow is providing Forestry with one more good day to work on the fireline and strengthen guard before the west winds on Sunday and Monday and potentially Tuesday. 

The RED FLAG WEATHER WARNING is back for Sunday, with a high of 24 degrees, 10% humidity and winds SW 20-25 gusting to 35 km/hr.  We can expect aggressive fire behavior on Sunday. 

Chin Road remains closed from 9 am to midnight. 

The County now has onsite air monitoring equipment and in conjunction with Alberta Health Services and their Environmental Health Experts the County will continue to closely monitor the situation. 

Residents health and safety is our primary concern. Please take all necessary steps to ensure your health as air quality may fluctuate with prevailing winds as is predicted for Sunday, Monday and potentially Tuesday.  Close windows, limit your outdoor physical activity, drink plenty of water. Children and elderly are at a higher risk, if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms call Health Link at 811. 

Special Note: Poor visibility is being experienced while travelling on gravel roads due to the dust and smoke. Please use Extreme Caution when travelling on any road.

Please stay tuned to the County of Northern Lights facebook page, website: www.countyofnorthernlights.com and the Town of Manning facebook page and local radio stations.

For more information on Air Quality visit:

https://www.alberta.ca/about-the-air-quality-health-index.aspx

https://www.alberta.ca/air-quality-and-health.aspx

 

 

Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 pm

 

Despite the late start due to smoke cover, the fire was active this afternoon and did see some growth today and last night. The fire is now 18,500 hectares in size.

 

Last night, two fingers burned southward through grass, towards Stowe Road.  The fire spotted across Stowe Road at about 4:30 pm this afternoon.  Helicopters with buckets are working on this area presently.

 

Dozers worked all day and will work through the night as well, building guard across the south west to contain the excursions from last night, as well as along the east side.  The ignition team, successful with their efforts last night, will take advantage of the winds tonight to complete another burnout near Chin Road on the east side.  Tomorrow crews may begin back burning operations within the grazing reserve as a contingency plan to block embers from winds on Sunday and Monday.

 

Forestry has over 250 firefighters and personnel, 21 helicopters, three airtanker groups, 14 dozer groups and various other heavy equipment working this fire.

 

Chin Road is closed from 9 am to midnight.  From midnight to 9 am the fire area can be accessed through the roadblocks at km20 and km80.  If you enter, be prepared for very smoky conditions, poor visibility and risk from fire.  Understand that you may not be able to exit to the east, instead exiting to the west and holding until safe to travel east. We recommend that you access this area only if necessary.

 

Residents health and safety is our primary concern. Please take all necessary steps to ensure your health as air quality may fluctuate. Close windows, limit your outdoor physical activity, drink plenty of water and seek medical attention if necessary.

 

Special Note: Poor visibility is being experienced while travelling on gravel roads due to the dust and smoke. Please use Extreme Caution when travelling on any road.

 

Please stay tuned to the County of Northern Lights facebook page, website: www.countyofnorthernlights.com and the Town of Manning facebook page.

 

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca

The latest map can be seen below.

 

Thursday, May 23rd at 10:50 am

 To the residents of the Town of Manning and the County of Northern Lights, we have been informed from Alberta Health Services of the following information regarding the Manning Hospital:

 

  • Patients have been transferred out of the hospital this morning due to air quality issues.
  • Manning Hospital Emergency Department Services is functioning to support emergency situations only. Patients requiring admission will be transferred to a proximal community for ongoing care.
  • Alberta Health Services is also maintaining EMS services in the community as well.

 

Your health and safety is our primary concern. Please take all necessary steps to ensure your health. Close windows, limit your outdoor physical activity. Drink plenty of water and seek medical attention if necessary.

 

Special Note: Poor visibility is being experienced while travelling on gravel roads due to the dust and smoke. Please use Extreme Caution when travelling on any road.

 

Please stay tuned to the County of Northern Lights facebook page, website: www.countyofnorthernlights.com and the Town of Manning facebook page as updates will be posted as new information is received. 

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca

 

 

Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:30 pm 

PWF-052 remains out of control but saw minimal growth today.

Heavy equipment operators and fire crews worked hard building new fire breaks along the northeast side of the fire in preparation for prescribed burns Wednesday evening; weather conditions permitting.

Light winds are expected overnight with a relative humidity levels between 40-50 per cent which will help slow growth. Thursday's forecast is for a high of 22 degrees Celsius with a relative humidity of 15 per cent and winds continuing northeast at 15-20 kilometers per hour (kph). Given these conditions, it is possible smoke will blanket the area again tomorrow further suppressing fire activity.

Temperatures will warm Friday and Saturday with dry conditions and northeast winds. Sunday could be a critical day with winds switching during the peak burning period to southwesterly at 20-25 kph.

The Chinchaga Forestry road remains CLOSED to west bound traffic.

We will continue to update as new information becomes available.

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca 

The latest map can be seen below.

 

 

Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:30 pm

 

Alberta Wildfire will be conducting a controlled burn in the late afternoon on the north east flank of the wildfire PWF-052, just south of the Chinchaga Forestry Road.

 

There will be an increase of smoke in the immediate area.

 

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca

 

 

Wednesday, May 22nd at 9:00 am

PWF 052 remains out of control in the Notikewin Area. The fire is about 17,838 hectares. Due to an inversion this morning, the smoke is thick. Dozers are working to build and strengthen line along the southwest, northeast, and east sides today. Crews with pumps and hoses are making good progress along the southeast line.  There is an ignition planned for today, if conditions are right, to remove some fuel on the east side and strengthen that fire break.

PWF 054 remains being held at 74 hectares in size in the Battle River area.  This fire is on patrol status.

The weather forecast has changed slightly. Today we are expecting 24 degrees, 20% humidity, winds E/NE 10-15.  Slightly lighter winds tomorrow.  The Red Flag Warning is still in effect.  Lighter winds mean the rates of spread will decrease a bit to about 1 km/hr in the trees and 2.5 km/hr in the grass.  Aggressive fire behavior is expected again tomorrow and there is potential for growth on the fire. The lightning forecast for Thursday night might miss us, passing to the south of the fire, which is good news. The west winds are not expected now until Sunday.

There is an Air Quality Statement in effect, For more information visit: www.weather.gc.ca/warnings 

Chinchaga Road remains CLOSED for west bound traffic.

We will continue to update as new information is received.

For further information visit: www.albertafirebans.ca 

 

Tuesday, May 21st at 4:30 pm

After an in-depth meeting with the leadership of Alberta Wildfire’s Incident Management Team, the County staff gained an up-to-date account of their teams’ current and projected efforts in controlling the Battle Complex fire. We are in alignment with their objectives and strategies; specifically, the primary importance of protecting the properties closest to the fire’s eastern edge.

 The eastern and southeastern flanks of the fire (closest to Notikewin) have now been encircled with fire guards, supplemented by aerial support and by controlled ignitions, used by the ground crews to starve the fire’s leading edge of fuel. With the current prevailing winds, there is minimal risk of the fire expanding eastward.

Current weather forecasts, however, predict a change of wind direction by Saturday, with winds expected out of the west and northwest. While wildfire experts agree that there is high likelihood that these fireguards will hold, we feel that it is prudent to prepare affected residents in case the fire advances eastward past these breaks.

Towards that end, here’s what we’re doing and what we recommend that affected residents do to ensure their safety:

-County staff, along with local members of the RCMP, will be going door-to-door over the next two days to directly contact the residents at highest potential risk, primarily between TWP Rd. 922 and the Chinchaga Forestry Rd., and west of RR235. The Chinchaga Forestry Road remains CLOSED to west bound traffic.

-Residents are encouraged to gather a preparedness kit, those essential documents and belongings that are pre-assembled for a quick departure, if needed. Check out https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/index-en.aspx for details on what to include.

 About Evacuations

Warning messages come in three stages: Evacuation Alert, Evacuation Order, and Evacuation Rescind.

The purpose of the Evacuation Alert is to inform the community of a potential or current threat that could lead to an evacuation order. An Evacuation Alert allows for the affected population to begin preparations to evacuate (fueling vehicles, gathering documents, preparing food and water, etc.) whilst providing them with information regarding the evacuation. This may be an appropriate time to consider the evacuation of vulnerable populations.

When an Evacuation Order is issued the impacted population should leave the specified area immediately. Such an order would be done under a State of Local Emergency and would be broadcast as a Critical Alert over the Alberta Emergency Alert system.

The decision to Rescind an Evacuation Order would occur when the Director of Emergency Management, in consultation with the Incident Commander, determines that it is safe to return.

Continue to watch our Facebook page and out County website for updated information.

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go to: www.albertawildfire.ca

 

Monday, May 20th at 10:15 pm

Fire 52 remains out of control in the Notikewin Area. The fire is about 8600 hectares. This fire is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Manning.  Extreme dry weather conditions and strong and gusty winds accelerated fire behavior again today. Despite the fire crossing the Chin Road and taking a run to the north yesterday, the fire did not expand as much as it could have under the weather conditions. Dozers worked through the night last night to cut guard in two strategic locations south of the Chin Road, from the edge of the fire to the river.  When conditions are ideal our ignition crews plan to remove fuels from these areas creating a strong fire break to prevent the fire from moving north and crossing the road again, and from moving east towards communities.  Tonight dozer groups will work along the east side; from Chin Road southward and from the south tip of the fire northward to reinforce guard and prevent spread eastward towards communities.  Other dozer groups will work north from Chin Road, strengthening the break along a roadway.  Crews continued to work along the powerline today, and along Chin Road, removing fuels.  Crews also continued to be effective on the south and southeast perimeter of the fire, with pump and hose and supported by helicopters with buckets.Camps and facilities have been evacuated along the Chin Road.  This road is closed to traffic.  Smoke and potential fire crossing could make travel unsafe in this area. Crews will attack this fire again early tomorrow morning.  Most crews will focus on securing the southeast flank of the fire and the south/southwest tip of the fire, where it will be safer to work.  The intent is to continue to focus on the east side of the fire, strengthening guard and extinguishing hot spots to keep burning embers from escaping. As it is safe to do so tomorrow, before the winds pick up, airtankers and aerial crews will work near the head of the fire and along the east perimeter. 

 

Fire 54 remains being held at 74 hectares in size in the Battle River area.  Crews completed a grid search for remaining hotspots, burning roots or other signs of smoke or fire.  This fire will be on patrol status starting tomorrow.

Today more than 225 firefighters, 21 helicopters, six dozer units, water trucks and other pieces of heavy equipment working on the wildfires. The forecast for tonight is for a low of 7 degrees, humidity of 45% and SE winds 15-20 Km/hr.  This means there will be some recovery overnight for the fire and we can assume fire behavior will pick up early again tomorrow.

The RED FLAG WEATHER WARNING will continue for tomororw.  This means a weather event tomorrow is expected that will pose a critical degree of danger to fireline personnel and the public.  Tomorrow’s deep crossover position (temp higher than humidity) and winds mean fire behavior will be drastically impacted by the weather. There is potential for significant growth on the fire tomorrow. The forest area is extremely dry.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 21 degrees, humidity of 20%, and SE winds at 15-20 km gusting 40-45 km/hr.  There is no precipitation in sight.  Similar conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday.

The safety of the firefighters and the public is of paramount importance.  When and if the head of the fire becomes too intense to work on, crews and equipment will be redirected to safer areas, while we continue to work on areas of the fire that need strengthening in anticipation of north winds at the end of the week.

 

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca

 

Monday, May 20th at 8:30 am

Fire 52 remains out of control in the Notikewin Area. The fire is about 8600 hectares.

This fire is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Manning.  Extreme dry weather conditions and strong and gusty winds accelerated fire behavior again today. This fire crossed the Chin Road this afternoon, making it’s way northward in a long, skinny finger.  The fire crossed the powerline.

The fire is also moving westward from it’s north boundary and parallel with but south of the Chin Road, further west from the midpoint on the west side, as well as a bit eastward along the existing flank.

Crews worked hard again today to limit the spread as much as possible.  Tankers worked from early this morning until they became ineffective late this afternoon.  Ignition teams developed strategies, tested, and burned in strategic locations to try to control the spread and direction of the fire.  These efforts will continue into the evening.  Heavy equipment and crews, supported by helicopters with buckets, worked to strengthen guard along the south east and south west parts of the fire as well as on the mid-west flank of the fire. Camps and facilities have been evacuated along the Chin Road.  This road is closed to traffic.  Smoke and potential fire crossing could make travel unsafe in this area. Crews will attack this fire again early tomorrow morning.  Most crews will focus on securing the southeast flank of the fire and the south/southwest tip of the fire, where it will be safer to work.  The intent is to continue to focus on the east side of the fire, strengthening guard and extinguishing hot spots to keep burning embers from escaping. As it is safe to do so tomorrow, before the winds pick up, airtankers and aerial crews will work near the head of the fire and in the areas of growth from today along the flanks.

Fire 54 remains being held at 74 hectares in size in the Battle River area.  Smoke was visible from burning trees and hotspots within the fire perimeter today.   This fire is surrounded by dozer guard. Crews will work again tomorrow with pumps and hoses, moving inward from the perimeter to make sure all hotspots are extinguished. We don't want any embers left that could be carried by the wind and start another wildfire.  

We are under a RED FLAG WEATHER WARNING.  This means a weather event tomorrow is expected that will pose a critical degree of danger to fireline personnel and the public.  Tomorrow’s deep crossover position (temp higher than humidity) and winds mean fire behavior will be drastically impacted by the weather. There is potential for significant growth on the fire tomorrow. The forest area is extremely dry.  The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 21 degrees, humidity of 20%, and SE winds at 15-20 km gusting 40-45 km/hr.  There is no precipitation in sight.  Similar conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday.

The safety of the firefighters and the public is of paramount importance.  When and if the head of the fire becomes too intense to work on, crews and equipment will be redirected to safer areas, while we continue to work on areas of the fire that need strengthening in anticipation of north winds at the end of the week.

 

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca 

 

Saturday, May 18th at 6:00 pm

County of Northern Lights personnel are closely monitoring the wildfire.  We will continue to update as information becomes available. 

For further forestry updates, please visit www.albertawildfire.ca 

 

Saturday, May 18th at 6:40 am

We are experiencing extreme wildfire weather.  For the next several days the temperature is going to be equal to or greater than the humidity levels and the winds are going to be strong and gusty.  The forest area is extremely dry.   

The forecast for tomorrow is for a high of 21 degrees, humidity of 20%, and SE winds at 15-20 km gusting 40-45 km/hr.  There is no precipitation in sight.  Similar conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday.

Fire 52 is out of control in the Notikewin Area. An accurate size is not available due to smoke conditions and extreme fire behavior this afternoon.

  • This fire is located approximately 10 kilometers northwest of the town of Manning.  Strong and gusty winds accelerated fire behavior this afternoon, causing the fire to jump the guard on the north side.  The fire is burning in a northwest direction.  Crews, airtankers and helicopters with buckets worked all day.  Late this afternoon, under very windy conditions, crews had to be pulled back to safety positions. Gusty winds continued to challenge firefighting efforts until evening.
  • Camps and facilities are being evacuated along the Chin Road.  This road will be closed to westbound traffic tomorrow.  Smoke could make travel unsafe in this area.
  • Crews will attack this fire again early tomorrow morning.  Most crews will focus on securing the east flank of the fire, where it is safe to work.  The intent is to focus on the east side of the fire, strengthening guard and extinguishing hot spots in anticipation of the return of westerly winds. When the wind shifts to westerly, we want the guard to be substantial enough to prevent fire from spotting outside the perimeter of the current burn area and threatening communities to the east and southeast.
  • As it is safe to do so tomorrow, before the winds pick up, aerial crews will work near the head of the fire.

 

Fire 54 remains being held at 74 hectares in size in the Battle River area.  Smoke was visible from burning trees within the fire perimeter this afternoon.   This fire is surrounded by dozer guard. Crews will work tomorrow with pumps and hoses, moving inward from the perimeter to make sure all hotspots are extinguished. We don't want any embers left that could be carried by the wind and start another wildfire. 

Today we had 209 firefighters, five airtankers and two bird dogs, 10 helicopters, one dozer unit, various pieces of heavy equipment, and other support personnel working on the Battle Complex.

 For further information visit: www.albertafirebans.ca 

 

Thursday, May 16th at 8:00 pm

 

Crews worked aggressively today to contain and control both fires.

 

Fire 54: Still remains as being held. Crews made good progress with pump and hose along the perimeter of the fire area. 

 

Fire 52: Ground crews worked along the perimeter, edging their way inward, with pumps and hoses, extinguishing hot spots and working on trees with burned root systems.  Lots of smoke was visible today.  The majority of this smoke is from unburned islands of vegetation within the perimeter of the fire.  Ground crews worked aggressively to extinguish these spots, supported by helicopters with buckets.  Crews did some burning to clean up perimeter lines and remove potentially hazardous burnable debris.  Dozer guard was completed around this fire and the status was downgraded to Being Held this morning.

 

FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION.

 

The County of Northern Lights is now under a FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION. For your protection no campfires (or other open fires) are allowed in campgrounds or back-country and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.

 

 For further information visit: www.albertafirebans.ca 

 

 

Thursday, May 16th at 9:00 am

Fire 54 is being held and is 100% contained by dozer guard. Fire activity has been quiet with no flare ups. Crews are working inward from the perimeter to make sure all hotspots are extinguished.

Fire 52 remains classified as out of control, however, the fire is 80% contained by dozer guard and the weather has been cooperative for effective firefighting efforts. There was an island of green trees that flared up Wednesday afternoon causing some smoke to be visible from the Town of Manning. Retardant was dropped to strengthen the line and prevent embers from causing spot fires outside the perimeter.

Today, there will be 219 firefighters, 5 air-tankers and 2 bird dogs, 10 helicopters, 40 pieces of heavy equipment, and other support personnel working on the Battle Complex.

There doesn't seem to be a significant amount of precipitation in the forecast for the foreseeable future, therefore, The County once again asks residents to be vigilant and take precautionary measures. Go through your emergency plan with everyone in your household and take steps around your property to ensure you are being Firesmart. 

We thank residents for their cooperation in keeping the roads and highway clear from traffic to allow all fire personnel space to perform their jobs. For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca and if you have not done so, download the Alberta Wildfire App to your cell phone and/or tablet.

 

Monday, May 13th at 1:57 pm

The wildfire burning approximately 10 km Northwest of the Town of Manning has not grown since last night.  Yesterday’s report erroneously stated that Peace River Fire department had deployed their structural fire protection unit, however this unit is a County of Northern Lights asset and it is being utilized at residences by members of the Weberville/Peace River regional fire department as they work alongside the Manning Fire Department.  Members of the Slave Lake Fire Department are also on site today assisting with mapping of assets and residences in the area.  Cooler weather has assisted in control efforts. 

The County once again asks residents to be vigilant and take whatever precautionary measures they feel necessary. There is considerable smoke in the area and if you are experiencing respiratory issues you are advised to contact Health Link at 811. 

We thank residents for their cooperation in keeping the roads and highway clear from traffic to allow all fire personnel space to perform their jobs. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go www.wildfire.alberta.ca 

 

Saturday, May 12th at 9:37 pm

Peace River Fire Department has deployed their structural fire protection unit to provide assistance to Manning Fire Department.   

Residents are to remain vigilant and take whatever precautionary measures they feel necessary.

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go www.wildfire.alberta.ca  

 

Saturday, May 12th at 6:30 pm

Alberta Wildfire teams have responded vigorously to the two fires burning NW of Manning. Four dozer teams, supported by three aerial tankers and 50 ground personnel have deployed so far. Significant progress has been made in containing the smaller fire, just north of the Chinchaga Road.

The larger fire, northwest of Notikewin, continues to burn out of control. Dozer crews will contnue building fireguards through the evening and will be joined by a further three crews in the morning.

Overnight conditions are favorable for reduced fire activity and both temperature and wind speed are projected to drop by tomorrow morning. Currently no stuctures are being threatened. We will provide further updates as available.

For further forestry updates on the wildfire please go www.wildfire.alberta.ca 

 

Saturday, May 12th at 12:00 pm

The wildfires in the County have not grown significantly since last night.  Water tankers are fighting the fire south of the Hotchkiss River. Fire control efforts on fire north of the Chinchaga road are being effective.  

Currently no structures are being threatened.  We will provide further updates as available.

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca

 

 

Saturday,  May 12th at 12:00 am

There are two wildfires burning north and west of the Town of Manning approximately 70 km and 20 km away.  The Manning fire department is on site and assistance is on the way from both High Level and Peace River fire departments.

 

Residents in the area are asked to be prepared to leave on short notice, and be vigilant. Forestry will be moving in equipment tonight and will fight from air at mornings light.

 

For further Forestry updates on the wildfire please go to www.wildfire.alberta.ca 

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