6:30 pm Firefighters in helicopters and airtankers are fighting a wildfire located approximately 10 kilometres east of Red Earth Creek. The wildfire is 25 hectares in size and is burning away from the community. Heavy equipment and 12 additional firefighters are en route.
The wildfire danger is VERY HIGH to EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under the dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.
A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.
Under this advisory:
· Existing fire permits are still valid.
· New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
· Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
Safe campfires, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue and recreational off-highway vehicles are allowed.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for a map of the affected area.
All of the wildfires so far this season in the Slave Lake Forest Area have been human-caused.
Please do your part to prevent wildfires.
If you plan to use an OHV remember to stop often and check hot spots. Debris can heat up, drop to the ground and start a wildfire.
When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving your site or headed to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out.
Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
For today the maximum temperature will be 21 degrees and winds will be from the west/northwest at 20 kilometres per hour. There is a chance of lightning for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area.
There was one new wildfire yesterday afternoon in the Whitefish area. It is under control and has been turned over to the landowner to extinguish.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 45 wildfires which have burned 34.54 hectares.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
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
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.
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.
Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
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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 June 6th, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer
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