Slave Lake Area Update

Recent rain brings relief to the hazard. Firefighters are working to extinguish lightning caused wildfires.

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

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Wildfire Hazard

With rain in the forecast the wildfire hazard will be LOW for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake. Areas around and south of Lesser Slave Lake are at MODERATE. Click here to view the wildfire hazard map.

 
Weather Forecast
 
For the weekend the forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid twenties and gusty winds.

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Wildfire situation in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Over the past few days firefighters have been busy fighting several new wildfires, the majority of which were sparked by recent lightning storms that passed through the area. Seven of the wildfires have been extinguished and two are under control.

SWF 179 (Slave Lake Wildfire number 179) located south of Blanchet Lake is under control and firefighters are working to extinguish this 8 hectare wildfire.

SWF 181 (Slave Lake Wildfire number 181) is located south of highway 686 on the way to Peerless Lake. The wildfire is under control and was accurately measured to be 3.4 hectares. 

Since April 1st there have been 185 wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest Area and the total area burned is just over 2251 hectares.

To obtain up-to-date information on the wildfire situation across Alberta download the Alberta Wildfire App, like Alberta Wildfire Info on Facebook or visit www.wildfire.alberta.ca.

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By getting a fire permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of investigating the smoke in your backyard. 
 
Fire Permits
 
Fire permits are required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area. 

Fire permits are free and can be obtained by calling your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office.

  • Slave Lake/Red Earth/Peerless/Trout 780-849-7377
  • Wabasca 780-891-3860
  • High Prairie 780-523-6619

Campfires do not require a fire permit.

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Do your part to prevent wildfires this summer
 
Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smoldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire.This video shows you how to ride debris free! 
 
Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. A campfire left smouldering can cause a wildfire.This video shows you how to make sure your campfire is out.

Incendiary shooting targets have been banned across the province.These targets explode when shot with a firearm and have been known to cause wildfires.

To prevent wildfires when using farm equipment ensure your machine is clear of flammable crop residue, check for sparks frequently and carry firefighting equipment on board.

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 For more information

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Download the Alberta Wildfire app on your Apple or Android device.

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Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update July 25th.

Leah Lovequist -Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780.849.0945 Leah.Lovequist@gov.ab.ca

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3473)

 

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