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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | JUNE 01, 2019 AT 10:00 A.M.
Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are focusing on establishing containment in priorities areas. The Chuckegg Creek Fire demonstrated active fire behaviour yesterday with winds out of the east, and with fire growth to the west and the south. Structural and wildland firefighters worked overnight around Paddle Prairie and will continue to do so today to protect values as aggressive fire activity continues in the area.
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 today expects some precipitation, but with a chance of thunderstorms that will yield variable and gusty winds that can prove a challenge to ongoing operations. The prevailing winds are forecast to come from the southeast, and then coming from the west at night. While precipitation can dampen fire activity and aid suppression efforts, any return of warm and dry weather can revive fire behaviour.
The last recorded size is approximately 280,000 hectares.
Firefighters utilized east winds yesterday 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 at that point by eliminating available forest fuels.
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.
Alberta Wildfire has 385 firefighters, along with 130 structural firefighters. There are 26 helicopters.
For more information please continue to monitor the Alberta Wildfire update http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update