UPDATE: The Peavine Creek Wildfire is expected to cross the British Columbia-Alberta border and is within one kilometre of the county’s border. Projections indicate that a portion will cross the border at an approximate location west of Preston Lake on the B.C. border, between Township Road 740 and Township Road 744.
There are no private structures located in the immediate region, but there are some oil and gas facilities in the area which could be impacted. County Regional Fire Chief Trevor Grant says residents are advised residents to not participate in recreational activities in the area.
“Do not visit the area out of curiosity as any unnecessary traffic could affect first responders’ ability to conduct their work.”
If the situation changes, the County will notify residents and industry in any affected areas.
Officials are keeping an eye on four different wildfires bordering the County of Grande Prairie.
According to the County Regional Fire Service, there are two fires in British Columbia, one of which is within four kilometres of the county boundary near Peavine Creek, and the other is 30 kilometres away from the county boundary near Boot Lake.
“Both pose no immediate threat to the County, but crews from Hythe and Wembley were doing assessments in the border area today, preparing structural protection plans should they be needed.”
Fire crews are also in communication with residents advising on how they can Fire Smart their properties.
Two fires in the Saddle Hills area are also being closely monitored, but at this time there is said to be no current threat to the County of Grande Prairie.
According to the County Regional Fire Service “The LaGlace Station is assisting Alberta Wildfire by setting up structural protection at the White Mountain Fire Base and Lookout as a precautionary measure at the request of Alberta Wildfire.”
Officials say they are coordinating and pre-planning, and if the situation changes residents and industry in the area will be notified as officials take the the appropriate actions. The structure protection units have also been moved closer to the fire areas, in the situation property protection is needed.