Widespread rain and cool temperatures have brought relief to the wildfire hazard in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
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Widespread rain is expected again for Wednesday.
Wildfire Situation as of 4:00 pm June 27th, 2017
Firefighters have made good progress today and of the 11 wildfires from last night two are being held, three are under control and six have been extinguished.
Slave Lake Wildfire Number 51 and 52 - These wildfires were sparked by lightning and are located south of Otter Lakes. As of this afternoon both wildfires are being held and have been accurately measured at 149.22 and 128.77 hectares. Being held means under the current weather conditions and with the firefighting efforts being applied, these wildfires are not expected to grow. There are 50 firefighters with three helicopters working to contain these wildfires.
Photos: Slave Lake Wildfires Number 51 and 52 burning south of Otter Lakes are being held. Photo was taken at 11:00 am June 27th.
Slave Lake Wildfire Number 49 - This wildfire started on June 25th and is located 5 kilometres east of Highway 88, approximately 42 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek. The wildfire is estimated to be 320 hectares in size and is being held as of early this morning. Being held means under the current weather conditions and with the firefighting efforts being applied, the wildfire is not expected to grow. There are 52 firefighters with five helicopters working to extinguish this wildfire.
Photo: Slave Lake Wildfire Number 49 located 42 kilometres north of Red Earth Creek is being held. Photo was taken on the morning of June 26th.
Since March 1st, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 61 wildfires, burning a total area of 648.46 hectares.
For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta click here.
During the Fire Season a fire permit is required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area -excluding campfires.
To obtain your free fire permit, please call 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
Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape and if you are burning without a fire permit or outside your fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a fire permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.
Please do your part to prevent wildfires
Ride Debris Free
Did you know? An Off-Highway vehicle exhaust can reach temperatures of over 200 degrees Celsius. That means it won't take long for that wet and muddy debris to dry up, start smouldering and fall onto the ground as you drive away. You can help reduce your chance of starting a wildfire by stopping frequently to remove any build up of debris from the hot spots on your machine.
Make Sure It's Out
Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on June 28th, 2017.
Leah Lovequist - Wildfire Information Officer
Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3473)