The County of Grande Prairie continues to monitor the Bearhole Lake wildfire near the community of Kelly Lake in British Columbia. There continues to be no current threat to the public or property in the County.  

The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation order for the community of Kelly Lake and replaced it with an evacuation alert. Residents can begin to return home, although they should be prepared to evacuate again on short notice should conditions change. Details are available on the Peace River Regional District website.  

B.C. Wildfire Service reported little fire growth yesterday, which was largely attributed to planned ignition operations that took place in an effort to reduce the wildfire’s potential future growth. Conditions are being closely monitored for the coming weekend as higher temperatures, lower humidity, and winds are forecasted. The fire has not crossed Heritage Highway.  

Smoke will likely continue to drift into the region. Anyone with health concerns due to smoke should check Alberta Health Services website for more information or call 811 for 24/7 health advice.           

Structural protection is in place and ready to be activated, if needed, at a few properties and pieces of critical infrastructure in the County of Grande Prairie. 

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP) Emergency Coordination Centre remains active to monitor the situation.  

The protection of residents and their homes is our number one priority. We are working closely with BC Wildfire and Alberta Wildfire to ensure we are as prepared as possible should this wildfire cross the border.     

Bearhole Lake wildfire

Information provided by the County of Grande Prairie