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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | June 18, 2019 12:30 p.m
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire is now just under 324,209 hectares. The fire moved about 15 km in total yesterday. A current map is attached.
Winds kept the fire active overnight however the fire did not reach Devil Lake and it did not reach the Peace River. The fire is about 10 km north of the Boyer River cell tower and about 10 km west of the Peace River in a line directly west of La Crete. There was minimal growth on other areas of the fire overnight. Reports of spot fires outside the fire perimeter in the Blue Hills area are incorrect. Although there is a lot of smoke in this area, windrows and other burning trees are well within the fire perimeter.
Visibility on the east side of the fire is limited this morning however we have crews on the ground and heavy equipment deployment and structure protection assessment are underway in the Le Crete area as well as areas south of High Level.
Crews will continue to secure the north perimeter today. Crews on the west side will be watching for prime opportunities under west winds today to conduct ignition operations to clean up the perimeter and remove vegetation along control lines.
We continue to mop up hotspots along the south side of the fire in anticipation of residents returning to Paddle Prairie. Heavy equipment continues to work to strengthen the control line that ties in to Chain Ponds to further protect the south side from growth from NW winds.
The forecast for today is for a high of 21 degrees, 40% humidity, and winds W25 gusting to 45 km/hr. There is a slight chance of rain this afternoon, however it is going to take substantial rain (more than 20 ml) to make even a slight difference to fire intensity. These are the driest conditions this area has seen in more than 40 years. The winds will be the factor this afternoon and we expect the fire to travel eastward with significant risk of spotting in the gusty winds.
This fire has 890 firefighters and personnel, 46 helicopters and 153 pieces of heavy equipment working on this wildfire.
Be prepared. Stay informed.