The fire danger risk in the Grande Prairie Forest Area has been increased to very high because of forecasted warmer forecasted temperatures, and expected windy conditions. Wind gusts are anticipated to be between 30 to 50 kilometres per hour.
According to the latest report from Albert Wildfire, “Light overnight precipitation is possible,” overnight.
Along with the increase in risk, a fire restriction is also in place for the area. Under a restriction, no wood fires are allowed in the backcountry or at random camping areas on public land, and fireworks and exploding targets are also not allowed.
As of May 29th, the Sturgeon Lake Complex wildfire, which is located in the Grande Prairie Forest Area is still considered as being held and is 28,959 hectares in size. On Monday the evacuation alert for the Town of Valleyview, which was in place because of this fire, was lifted.
The Bald Mountain wildfire is also considered as being held, however, those who live in the area are being reminded no one is allowed in or near the active fire perimeter without being authorized.