The wildfire danger for the Slave Lake Forest Area has climbed to EXTREME due to dry conditions and moderate winds.
The dead dry grass will ignite easily and a fire will spread very quickly with the wind today.
Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR SLAVE LAKE FOREST AREA
A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Slave Lake Forest Area due to dry and windy conditions.
All current fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.
What is allowed
- Safe wood campfires in backyards, campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
- Traditional burning such as smudges, sweathouses, and smokehouses
- Charcoal briquettes
- Portable propane fire pits
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle and remove debris before and after use.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.
If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
For information and a map of the Fire Advisory visit www.albertafirebans.ca
Firefighters on alert
In response to the EXTREME wildfire danger, fire towers are constantly watching for smoke and firefighters with helicopters, various pieces of heavy equipment and six airtankers are stationed in the area, ready to fight any new wildfires that may start.
For today, the temperature will be 17-19 degrees Celsius and winds will be from the northeast 25 kilometres per hour. Areas south of Lesser Slave Lake may receive a small amount of rain today. No significant rain is in the forecast for the next several days.
9:30 am Wednesday May 16th
Yesterday, the local fire departments and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry fought six new wildfires. Five of the wildfires have been extinguished.
Currently, 25 firefighters and heavy equipment are working to contain the wildfire located at the intersection of Township Road 770 and Range Road 163, east of Winagami Lake Provincial Park. The wildfire is 10.8 hectares in size and is being held. Being held means under current weather conditions and firefighting efforts the wildfire is not expected to spread.
Since March 1, 2018, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 33 wildfires that have burned a total of 57.06 hectares.
Do your part to prevent wildfires this spring
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.
Pelican Mountain Prescribed Fire
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 1 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.
The purpose of these prescribed fires is to examine fire behaviour in various FireSmart treatments.
To view a bulletin and map of the Pelican Mountain Prescribed Fires click here.
Wildfire Information Officer