The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area has been reduced from extreme to very high. Wildfire Information Officer Kelly Burke says Tuesday was another good day of firefighting in the forest area, thanks to light winds and higher humidity.
“Tomorrow light winds are expected again but a return of crossover conditions and lightning have been forecast. In the coming days a return of hot and dry conditions will increase fire activity.”
Since the beginning of the year, there have been 24 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning nearly 13,449 hectares of land. Four are currently listed as out of control, four are under control, two are being held, two have been turned over to the responsible party for extinguishment, and 12 have been extinguished.
The largest remains the Bald Mountain Fire, 50 kilometres south of Grande Prairie and 21 kilometres west of Highway 40. It is estimated to be 8,362 hectares in size with no substantial growth over the past 24 hours.
The Sturgeon Lake fire is estimated to be 3,765 hectares in size on both sides of Highway 43. Nearby is another wildfire estimated to be 1,189 hectares in size. Alberta Wildfire says both have had minimal fire activity for the past 24 hours.
Provincial firefighters are also helping with the Dunes West Wildfire in the County of Grande Prairie. An update Tuesday night estimates the blaze to be 1,500 hectares with no significant growth over the past day.
Residents are reminded that a fire ban and OHV restriction remain in effect for the forest area.