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Posted on: June 7, 2019

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | JUNE 6, 2019 AT 8:00 P.M.

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | JUNE 6, 2019 AT 8:00 P.M.

Cooler temperatures and varied amounts of rain over the fire have resulted in a decrease in fire activity. However, with the return of warmer weather there is a potential for fire activity to increase.

The decrease in fire activity has helped firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft to safely make great progress on establishing containment in priority areas. Structural and wildland firefighters continue to work around Paddle Prairie to protect values and extinguish hotspots, while heavy equipment works to place extensive fireguards.

On the east side of the Peace River by Tompkins Landing, fireguard lines have been completed from the agricultural land to the Peace River with structural and wildland firefighters extinguishing hot spots along the fire perimeter to limit spread. Airtankers and bucketing helicopters continue to assist firefighters on the ground as possible.

  • The last recorded size is approximately 265, 925 hectares. The decrease in fire activity has allowed aircraft to safely get closer to the fire perimeter for more accurate mapping
  • Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highways 35 and 58, and north of highway 58 west of High Level.
  • Heavy equipment is continuing to construct fireguard from the Boyer River to the Peace River to limit fire spread to the east.
  • Alberta Wildfire has 539 firefighters, along with 76 structural firefighters. There are 42 helicopters and 135 pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Atco is continues to repair power poles along highway 35 south of High Level. Atco has restored power supply and is supporting normal operations to the Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermilion & Dene Tha’ First Nation. Atco has secured large-scale backup generators that can be drawn on to provide power to communities, if needed.

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