Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Fire Advisory in Effect - May 22

Posted on Tue, May 22, 2018

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The wildfire danger for the Slave Lake Forest Area is EXTREME for areas north of Utikuma Lake and areas south of the lake are Very High.

The hot dry weather will continue over the next two days which will therefore increase the fire hazard.

Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473). 

On the wildfire situation by subscribing to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update or download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Apple or Android devices. 

The Fire Advisory remains in effect. Fire permits are cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. Safe campfires are allowed.



A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Slave Lake Forest Area due to dry and windy conditions.

All current fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.

 What is allowed

  • Safe wood campfires in backyards, campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
  • Traditional burning such as smudges, sweathouses, and smokehouses
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle and remove debris before and after use.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

For more information visit or the new Alberta Fire Bans app for Android or Apple devices.

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The weather today in the Slave Lake Forest Area will be hot and dry with temperatures expected to reach 27 degrees Celsius.   

The forecast is for the temperatures to continue to increase on Wednesday with the potential for precipitation on Thursday.

Wildfire Situation

10:30 am Tuesday May 22

There was one new wildfires yesterday that was started by lightning.  It is currently considered as being held at 0.2 ha which means given the current conditions the fire is not expected to grow in size.

Since March 1, 2018, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 42 wildfires that have burned a total of 58.27 hectares. 

The air tankers are working to assist the forest fire situation in the Lac La Biche Forest Area that had 19 new fires started yesterday due to lightning.

Do your part to prevent wildfires this spring

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 smouldering and fall to the ground as you drive away. You can help prevent 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 with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cool to the touch.

 Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on May 23th, 2018.

If you have any questions please contact

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-849-0945


Keep up to date on the wildfire situation by subscribing to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update or download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Apple or Android devices.

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