Update #4 – May 13, 2024 – 11:00 am

Intense firefighting operations continued through yesterday, with night vision-equipped helicopters successfully extinguishing hotspots overnight. Ground crews have also been diligent in securing the fire’s perimeter.

To bolster the response, AB Forestry is establishing an incident camp to accommodate additional resources arriving today and tomorrow. The first meal served will be supper on Tuesday, May 14th.

Today, firefighting teams are focused on reinforcing fire guards, cold trailing, and extinguishing remaining hotspots.

A fire ban remains in effect throughout the Grande Prairie Forest Area for the upcoming May long weekend. Current fire behaviour is extreme, driven by southeast winds expected to gust up to 40 kilometres per hour. We anticipate no precipitation in the next 24 hours, which may pose challenges for new fire starts.

Residents are advised to monitor any old burn piles. If you detect heat from a pile, it is likely still burning and requires attention.

Please stay safe and adhere to all fire safety regulations during this critical time.

The next update will be provided at approximately 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 14 unless an emergency update is required.

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For information regarding the response on the west side of the Big Smoky, please follow the County of Grande Prairie website www.countygp.ab.ca.

Important Things to Consider:

  • Residents, businesses and industry are encouraged to proactively prepare properties as much as possible in the event of a wildfire. Read more at FireSmart/ Alberta.ca.
  • Emergency preparedness is key. Residents outside the evacuation area are reminded to be prepared by: