Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update August 13th

Posted on Mon, Aug 13, 2018

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NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App is not updating. Please use the wildfire status map  on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for current locations. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve the issue.


The wildfire danger for Tuesday August 14th will be HIGH to VERY HIGH for areas north and west of Lesser Slave Lake. Areas south and east of Lesser Slave Lake will be LOW to MODERATE. Click here to view the wildfire danger map of the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Areas to the north and west of Lesser Slave Lake did not receive rain and conditions remain dry.  In these areas of HIGH to VERY HIGH wildfire danger, a wildfire will ignite easily and spread very quickly under windy conditions. Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Strong and gusty winds are expected Tuesday. Fire permit holders must postpone burning as the winds will exceed the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.

A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit. Never leave a burning campfire unattended and when you leave make sure your campfire is out. Soak it with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cold to the touch.

For up to date information on the wildfire situation subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update and download the free Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android devices.

Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on August 14th, 2018. If you have any questions please call Wildfire Information Officer Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.


Wildfire Update August 13th 4:00 pm 
 
There were no new wildfires today.
 
Firefighters continue to work on extinguishing five wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest area. One is being held and four are under control.
 
Slave Lake Wildfire number 147 located northeast of Muskwa Lake is being held. Firefighters made good progress today and have extinguished numerous smouldering ground fires on this wildfire which is estimated to be 150 hectares in size.
 
Since March 1st, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 151 wildfires which have burned 6,889.98 hectares.  

To view a map of wildfires in Alberta, please visit www.wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

Click here to view the daily wildfire report for Alberta.


Smoke in the air

Smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia may continue to drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area.

If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast. 


Weather

The temperatures for Tuesday will be 24 to 25 degrees Celsius and winds will be from southwest/west 20 gusting up to 35 kilometres per hour. 


Fire Bans

Currently there are no fire bans/restrictions or advisories in the Slave Lake Forest Area. For up to date information on Fire Bans in Alberta visit www.albertafirebans.ca or download the free Alberta Fire Bans App for Apple or Android devices.


Fire permits 

Fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area. A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit. To request a free fire permit contact your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.

Slave Lake/Red Earth/Trout/Peerless/Loon 780-849-7377

Wabasca 780-891-3860

High Prairie 780-523-6619

Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside 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.


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 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.

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Wildfire updates are sent out weekly when the wildfire danger is LOW to MODERATE and daily when HIGH to EXTREME.
 
Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on August 14th, 2018.
 
If you have any questions please contact

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-849-0945

Email: Leah.Lovequist@gov.ab.ca

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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