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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE Update 11:00 am June 17, 2019
Today is going to be a challenging day on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire.
Mother Nature wasn’t on our side last night as the winds continued to be steady throughout the night, and the humidity only climbed to between 40% to 60%. This morning humidity is dropping rapidly and we anticipate crossover conditions and more aggressive fire behavior by about noon today. Winds are expected to be S/SE/SW today.
The fire excursion that we talked about last night continued to burn through the night, travelling north. The new edge of the fire is about 17-18 km from Devil Lake and about 22 km west of the river directly west of La Crete. With south winds shifting between SE and SW, we can expect more growth today and substantial smoke.
As conditions allow we will be conducting an ignition along the north side of the Peace River to remove vegetation and prevent the potential for spot fires across the river and into Blue Hills. We will also conduct burns within the fire and on the west side with the additional intent to shade out the east side of the fire and reduce the intensity of the burning this afternoon.
Be vigilant today. Smoke and ash will be visible. Be wary of embers carried by wind that could start fires outside of the existing fire perimeter.
Be prepared. Stay informed.