Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Update - Winter burning

Posted on Thu, Dec 06, 2018



Snow and cold temperatures keep the wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area LOW.


 Brush Pile and Windrow Burning

Fire permits are not required for winter burning however, you are responsible for any fires you ignite and must ensure they are extinguished before the start of the 2019 wildfire season.

Snow will not put out a fire. A fire left smouldering can continue to burn under the snow all winter long and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring.

Follow these after burning tips to prevent wildfires this spring

  • Spread remaining material within the pile and soak with water as required.
  • Check the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile – it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the following weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

Please report your winter burn locations to Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Technologist Russell Murphy by calling 780-849-7457.

Click here for more information on winter burning.

Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on February 11th, 2019.

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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