Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Area Wildfire Update - August 22, 2017

Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2017


Wildfire Hazard August 23, 2017

The wildfire hazard is High for the Slave Lake Forest Area.  Click here to view the wildfire hazard map. 

For Wednesday the forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid-twenties and winds out of the south at 20 km/hr.

Please supervise all fires and completely extinguish them before leaving the site and as always, help us get to wildfires quickly by calling 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

Smoke in the air

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and the United States may drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area. Find out the latest smoke update by visiting If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. 

Wildfire Situation as of August 22, 2017 4:00 pm

There has been one new wildfire in the past 24 hours. It has been extinguished. Since March 1st, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 115 wildfires, burning a total area of 8, 244.97 hectares. 


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Photo of SWF107 August 21st at 11:48 am

Slave Lake Wildfire number 107 was detected August 13th, 2017 at approximately 12:30pm.  This wildfire started as a result of lightning that passed through the area previously.  This wildfire is currently classified as ‘Being Held', meaning that given the current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.  It is currently 7,558 hectares in size and is located approximately 50 kilometers northeast of Chipewyan Lakes.  At this time, the wildfire is not threatening homes or the community.


Map of SWF107 Aug 18/17

For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta click here.

Fire Permits

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

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 smoldering 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

A campfire left smoldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. Soak it, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cool to the touch.
Wildfire Information 
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Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on August 23rd, 2017.

Shawna Lund

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-805-4754


Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3473)