The evacuation Order for additional County of Grande Prairie residents has been changed to an evacuation ALERT. The evacuation ALERT for two areas has been removed. The Banks at Spring Creek area remains on evacuation ORDER.  

Residents from Township Road 710 south to the Wapiti River between Range Road 73 to Spring Creek, as well as residents between Township Road 710 and Township Road 705, east of Spring Creek to Range Road 65 are on evacuation ALERT and can now return home. This includes the subdivisions of Riverview Pines Estates, Spring Creek Estates, and Wapiti Heights Estates. Returning residents must remain prepared for evacuation in 30 minutes. 

Residents between Township Road 705 and the Wapiti River, east of Spring Creek to Range Road 65, including The Banks at Spring Creek, remain on Evacuation ORDER. Hot spots are still active along the west side of the subdivision, which crews are targeting before re-entry can take place.  

Residents west of Range Road 73, residents in the Park Meadows and Deer Run Estates subdivisions, residents addressed from Township 710 between Spring Creek and Range Road 65, residents addressed from Township Road 710 along Range Road 65 south to Park Meadows, and residents within the Sections of 32-70-6W6M and 33-70-6W6M, are no longer under an evacuation alert.  

 Dunes West Wildfire Evacuation Map May 17 2023

Reminders for Residents as they Re-Enter 

  • Drones will continue to do low flyovers in the area of the fire to identify hot spots 

  • Watch for and stay clear of firefighters continuing to work in the area. Mystic Ridge residents in particular will see crews removing structural protection sprinklers  

  • Watch for trees that have been burnt or partially burnt, as they can be unstable  

  • Watch for ash pits which are commonly found at the base of trees and in areas with deep organic soilIf you find an ash pit, do not step in or around it. If you're concerned about its location or giving off a lot of heat, please contact the Dunes West Wildfire Call Centre at 1-825-606-5092 

  • Residents may notice changes to the landscape in the affected areas. Fire crews and utility operators worked to reduce hazards around structures and infrastructure. This was required for public safety, especially considering the risk of falling trees that have been damaged by fire 

To call to confirm if your address remains in the evacuation ORDER area, contact the Dunes West Wildfire Call Centre at 1-825-606-5092.  

For the latest status update on the Dunes West Wildfire Update, visit here 

Re-entry information packages are available for evacuees. These packages have helpful tips on how to re-connect your utilities, how to dispose of spoiled food, how to ensure your household water and drinking water is safe to use, and many more helpful tips.  

 You can find the re-entry information packages here:  

  • On the GPREP website at   

  • In print at the Reception Centre located at the Bonnetts Energy Centre (10017 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie)  

  • At the front desk of your hotel if you are an evacuee  

Returning homeowners may note changes to the landscape in their neighbourhood or their property due to wildfire mitigation and structural protection work during the Dunes West Wildfire response. Residents whose properties were impacted can fill out a property damage report form by June 16, 2023. The County of Grande Prairie will be reviewing all reports and will meet with residents during the restoration process. 

If residents have any questions about returning home, please call: 1-825-606-5092. 

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