Warm temperatures and gusty winds have caused the wildfire danger to climb to HIGH for the Slave Lake Forest Area.
A wildfire will ignite easily and spread quickly with the winds today. Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).
Strong and gusty winds are expected today for areas around and south of Lesser Slave Lake. Fire Permit holders must postpone burning as the winds today will exceed the safe burning practices on the fire permit.
For up to date information on the wildfire situation subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update and download the free Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android devices. Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on July 12th, 2018. If you have any questions please call Wildfire Information Officer Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.
Photo SWF094 on Monday July 9th at 7:00 pm
Wildfire Update 10:30 am July 11th
Slave Lake Wildfire number 94 located 23 kilometres east of Chipewyan Lake did experience some growth on Monday afternoon. Airtankers were successful in containing the spread and firefighters are working to extinguish the smouldering ground fires. The wildfire is being held. Being held means the wildfire is not expected to grow based on the current weather and the firefighting efforts being applied.
There have been no new wildfires since June 26th. Since March 1st, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 105 wildfires which have burned 6,534.99 hectares.
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The forecast for today is calling for temperatures of 25 to 26. For areas around and south of Lesser Slave Lake the winds will be from the west 25 gusting up to 45 kilometres per hour. For areas to the north the winds will be from the northwest 20 kilometres per hour. There is a slight chance of thundershows today.
Currently there are no fire bans/restrictions or advisories in the Slave Lake Forest Area. For up to date information on Fire bans in Alberta visit www.albertafirebans.ca or download the free Alberta Fire Bans App for Apple or Android devices.
Fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area. A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit.To request a free fire permit contact your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.
Slave Lake/Red Earth/Trout/Peerless/Loon 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 fire permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.
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.
Wildfire Information Officer