Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Area Wildfire Update - August 12, 2017

Posted on Sat, Aug 12, 2017


Smoke in the air

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia is currently drifting 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. Find out the latest smoke update by visiting

Wildfire Hazard August 12, 2017

Warm, dry conditions have increased the wildfire hazard to Very High for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.  Areas south of the lake are High. Click here to view the wildfire hazard map.  Temperatures for tomorrow are expected to be in the mid twenties with winds out of the southeast at 20 km/hr.

Wildfire Situation as of August 12, 2017 4:30pm 

Since March 1st, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 107 wildfires, burning a total area of 684.26 hectares. 

There is currently 1 wildfire out of control at 2.5 ha located approximately 60 kilometers northwest of Red Earth Creek. 

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 13, 2017.

Shawna Lund

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-805-4754


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