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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | June 19, 2019 11:30 a.m
There was a 0.5 hectare spot across the Peace River last night in the oxbow northwest of Peace River. Helicopters with buckets were quick to work on this spot fire. Airtankers were unable to drop retardant in this area due to visibility issues with the smoke last night. Helicopters with buckets returned to work on this spot early this morning. We have heavy equipment in place and are working on a plan to create breaks in this area to restrict forward spread of the fire.
Structure protection is a priority and has been deployed in La Crete and is under examination for Blue Hills. Heavy equipment is also staged in both of these areas. A trigger point back of the river in the Blue Hills area has been established and we are watching that carefully. Residents in the area should be aware of the potential for embers to spot across the river in the afternoon winds.
This portion of the fire didn’t travel much further north and remains south of Devil Lake. Structure protection is in place on southern rural residents in this area and some clean up has been done with heavy equipment. Beaver Nation structure protection will be looked at today as well.
The fire is burning at the river by the oxbow and is about six km back from the river in a line directly west of La Crete. The fire is about six km south of Devil Lake and about three km south of Surette Lake.
Operations on the rest of the wildfire continue as outlined in the update from last night.
Today’s concern is the strong and gusty winds.
The forecast for today is for a high of 21 degrees, 35% humidity, 50% cloud cover and South winds now switching to N/NW and continuing NW strong and gusty until Saturday.
The fire is now 325,353 hectares. Current map is attached.
There are 851 firefighters and personnel, 52 helicopters, 153 pieces of heavy equipment.
HIGH LEVEL AREA UPDATE | June 19, 2019 11:30 a.m
There are 6 active wildfires in the High Level Area. 3 are out of control, 2 are held being and one is under control.
HWF088 is classified as Out of Control and located on the west side of Hutch Lake and is estimated at 100 hectares. No communities are at risk at this time due to this wildfire. The fire is located 25 km southeast of Meander River, 44 km northwest from the Town of High Level/Bushe and approximately 20 km northwest from Hutch Lake Cabin area. Transportation is on site monitoring smoke. There are 25 firefighters, two helicopters and airtanker operations working on this fire.
HWF089 is Being Held and is located on the east side of highway 35 North and is approximately 35 km south of Meander River. The fire is estimated at 12 hectares. Nine firefighters and one helicopter is planned working towards extinguishing this fire.
HWF090 is classified as Being Held at 12 hectares. Nine firefighters and one helicopter is working towards extinguishing this fire early in the morning. The fire is located 35 km northeast of Meander River.