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Posted on: May 31, 2019

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | MAY 31, 2019 AT 09:00 P.M.

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | MAY 31, 2019 AT 09:00 P.M.

Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are focusing on establishing containment in priorities areas. The Chuckegg Creek Fire demonstrated active fire behaviour on the south and west sides today. Firefighters continue to action the Paddle Prairie area where aggressive fire activity continues – structural and wildland firefighters remain on site this evening and are working to protect values.

Firefighters utilized east winds today to complete a successful burn-off by the Boyer Towers on the east side of the fire, tying the burn and fire perimeter to Highway 35. This burn-off will help protect the towers and limit the fire’s ability to progress further east by eliminating available forest fuels.

Firefighters continue to consolidate containment to the east of the Peace River, and along Highway 35. Heavy equipment is building fire guards to the north of High Level to limit further spread of the fire towards Hutch Lake. Thick smoke continues to limit the safe ability of personnel and aircraft to operate at times south of Paddle Prairie and on the west side of the fire.

The forecast tomorrow expects some precipitation, but with a chance of thunderstorms that will yield variable and gusty winds. While precipitation can dampen fire activity down and aid suppression efforts, any return of warm and dry weather can revive fire behaviour.

The Chuckegg Creek Fire experienced extreme fire behaviour on May 29th with significant growth to the south towards Paddle Prairie, across Highway 35 by Highway 697 and with spotting across to the east side of the Peace River. Continued hot and dry conditions along with variable, gusty winds have proved a challenge to firefighting efforts and safety.

There have been no homes or businesses damaged to date around High Level, but the threat remains.

The High Level Fire Department and other municipal firefighters are mobilized south of the fire by Paddle Prairie, to the east of the Peace River, and in the Keg River to Carcajou area.

For more information please continue to monitor the Alberta Wildfire update http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update.

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