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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | JUNE 01, 2019 AT 09:00 P.M.
Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are focusing on establishing containment in priorities areas. The fire continues to be active with growth on the west side today. Structural and wildland firefighters continue to work around Paddle Prairie to protect values. On the east side of the Peace River by Tompkins Landing, fire guard lines have been completed from the agricultural land to the Peace River with structural and municipal firefighters extinguishing hot spots along the fire perimeter to limit spread. Airtankers and bucketing helicopters are assisting ground operations as possible, but thick smoke continues to limit visibility on parts of the fire.
Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highways 35 and 58. Heavy equipment is building fire guards to the north of High Level to limit further spread of the fire towards Hutch Lake.
The forecast tomorrow anticipates dry conditions with winds prevailing from the west and southwest, with gusts up to 35 km/hour. A red flag weather warning has been issued, with the potential for extreme fire behaviour tomorrow. While today saw scattered precipitation and thundershowers across parts of the fire that 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.
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