Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 7th

Posted on Fri, May 07, 2021


Wildfire Danger 

Rain and cooler temperatures have reduced the wildfire danger to MODERATE in the Slave Lake Forest Area

The fire advisory is being lifted on May 7th at 7:00 pm. Fire Permit holders can resume burning as long as they meet the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire today. The wildfire occurred in the Red Earth Creek Area and was caused by a winter burn that was not extinguished. It is under control and the landowner is working to extinguish it.

SWF20 located in the community of Whitefish is under control and the landowner is working to extinguish it.

SWF022 located west of Slave Lake on Highway 2 has been extinguished.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 23 wildfires which have burned 27.79 hectares.

For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit

Fire Permits 

From now until October 31st, a fire permit is required for any burning, except a campfire, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

To request your free fire permit call your local Agriculture and Forestry office.

Red Earth/Slave Lake 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 permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

Firefighters Burning

Over the next several weeks firefighters will be burning areas of dead dry grass around communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters conduct these burns under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and to minimize the impact of smoke to roadways and communities.

If you have any questions about these grass burns contact Wildfire Information Office Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.


New Alberta Wildfire App

Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province?

Download the new app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and  bans across the province and much more.

Available for Apple and Android.

Wildfire Prevention

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Pelican Mountain Prescribed Fire

During the 2021 wildfire season, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may be conducting one or more prescribed fires approximately 12.5 kilometres southwest of Sandy Lake. The exact location of the prescribed fire area is directly north of Kilometre 123 on the C-Road.

The prescribed fires will vary in size from 3 to 5 hectares and burning will take place when forecasted weather and on-the-ground conditions allow for a safe, controlled burn.

Smoke may be visible at times but will be localized and short lived. Public roads and highways are expected to remain open; however, traffic may be controlled. Watch for Prescribed Fire in Progress and Smoke signage near the area.

Wildfire Information

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.
Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple and Android device.
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Updates are provided weekly when the wildfire danger is low to moderate and daily when the wildfire danger reaches high to extreme. 

Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on May 14th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer





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