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Fire Updates - June 12, 2023 - 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE - 8:50 p.m.: Fire GWF-042 has been extinguished and Fire GWF-041 has grown to 5 ha.

New Fire Updates

GWF-041: A fire was spotted by a drone pilot on a lease approximately 4 km Northwest of Moonshine Lake, at 2:56 p.m. today, June 12, 2023. Alberta Forestry were notified and provided aircraft and an initial ground crew. It is approximately 1 ha in size. Air tankers and a ground crew continue to work on it and heavy equipment is on route to build guards.

GWF-042: An additional small fire was reported by a bird dog pilot approximately 11.5 km South of fire GWF-041, at 5:19 p.m. today, June 12, 2023. Blueberry and Happy Valley Fire Departments are on scene, and helicopters are bucketing. The fire is located 3.5 km South of Highway 49 and 4 km East of Ksituan Lake.

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Existing Fire Updates

Boone Lake Complex Fire (GWF035 and GWF038): The Boone Lake Complex Fire is consists of two fires, GWF-035 to the South and GWF-038 to the North.

GWF-035 is located 20 km North of Valhalla Centre, close to the Northeast side of Boones Lake. It is approximately 1,250 ha in size and is still classified as Out of Control. Yesterday, no precipitation was reported in the location of this fire and it saw low fire behaviour. The South perimeter of the fire is being held, adjacent to Boones Lake, and is being supported with long-term retardant, helicopter bucketing, and heavy equipment and ground resources. The fire is considered 75% contained, with 50 firefighters working on reinforcing the fire guard.

GWF-038 is located approximately 10 km West of Deadwood Lake, in Township 77-10, and is moving slowly East. It is approximately 6,000 ha in size and still classified as Out of Control. The fire received no precipitation and saw high to extreme fire behaviour, growing to the NortheastSignificant growth and challenging conditions are expected throughout the next burning period. Alberta Wildfire continues to monitor and look for opportunities for strategic action, and will continue to utilize heavy equipment and aerial support to slow the spread.

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