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Sunday, September 11, 2022, 1:45 p.m. 

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

B.C. Wildfire Service reports no significant recent growth of wildfire. The fire remains classified as out of control. Higher temperatures, lower humidity, and winds increased the natural fire behaviour on Saturday afternoon however crews were successful in maintaining the containment linesThe fire has not crossed Highway 52.  

Due to ongoing successful suppression efforts, all structural protection equipment that had been proactively implemented by B.C. Wildfire Service in the community of Kelly Lake will be removed today.  

On Monday, County Regional Fire Service will begin removing structural protection resources at a few properties in the County of Grande Prairie, with the ability to recall it should conditions change.  

Significant smoke continues to be visible in the regionAnyone with health concerns due to smoke should check Alberta Health Services website https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx for more information or call 811 for 24/7 health advice.          

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 B.C. Wildfire and Alberta Wildfire to ensure we are as prepared as possible should this wildfire cross the border.    

Another update will be provided on Monday, September 12, unless conditions change significantly. 

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Media Contact:   

Lesley Nielsen-Bjerke 
Communications Manager 
County of Grande Prairie  
780-814-5090