Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update October 19th

Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2018


The wildfire danger continues to be HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Seasonal weather conditions are expected throughout the weekend with the potential for gusty winds from the west or southwest.  This means areas of dead grass will ignite easily and fire will spread very quickly under these windy conditions

Use caution in areas of dead grass and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on October 21th, 2018. If you have any questions please call Wildfire Information Officer Tanis Blocka, 780-516-1347.



For today the temperature is expected to reach 8 to 10 degrees and winds will be from the West at 30 gusting up to 60 kilometers per hour.  The weekend is expecting seasonal conditions with the potential for gusty winds coming from the west or southwest.

Wildfire Update 

There was one new wildfire yesterday and it is considered as being held, crews are continuing to work to extinguish this fire. Since March 1st, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 163 wildfires which have burned 6,861.31 hectares.  

To view a map of wildfires in Alberta, please visit

Click here to view the daily wildfire report for Alberta.


Firefighters burning areas of dry grass

Firefighters will be burning areas of dry grass in and around many communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Burning will help to remove the dangerous build-up of dry grass that becomes prominent around many communities in the fall.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wildfire Information Officer Tanis Blocka 780-516-1347.

Fire permits are required until October 31st

Fire permits are required for any type of 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

Wabasca 780-891-3860

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.

Do your part to prevent wildfires this fall

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.


 Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on October 21th, 2018.

If you have any questions please contact

Tanis Blocka

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-516-1347


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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