Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update June 24 | 6:00pm

Posted on Mon, Jun 24, 2019

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Wildfire Danger

The wildfire danger level remains LOW as scattered rain and cooler conditions continue. Click here to view the wildfire danger map.

The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction has now been removed for the Slave Lake Forest Area. The ban and restriction still remains in effect for the High Level Forest Area.

To view a map and further details visit www.albertafirebans.ca.

Smoke

If you experience respiratory difficulties, visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast. Click here for Alberta Health Services on information about wildfire smoke.

Weather

Weather for tomorrow and much of this week will bring temperatures between 17-20 degrees with a relative humidity of 55% and winds from the northeast at 10 km/hr. Expect scattered rain throughout most of the week as an upper trough will continue to circulate in the area.


Wildfire Update

There have been 6 wildfires since the last update on June 21st at 6:00pm, which are all extinguished.

Since March 1st, there have been 127 wildfires and 274,086 hectares burned in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

SWF-114 located south of the hamlets of Canyon Creek and Widewater is under control. Firefighters with nodwells will continue to patrol this 15.3 hectare wildfire looking for smouldering ground fires to extinguish. The cause of this wildfire was lightning.

SWF-102 started on June 9th and is located 1.3 kilometres west of the Chip/Alpac Road at approximately kilometre 45. It is 193 hectares in size and classified as under control. Firefighters continue to patrol this wildfire.

SWF-090 started on June 2nd and is located 18 kilometres northeast of Trout Lake. It is 187 hectares and classified as under control. Firefighters continue to patrol this wildfire.

For information about the wildfire in Peace River Forest Area which is 27 kilometres south of Cadotte Lake click here.

Provincial Wildfire Situation

For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta click here.

Click here to view a map of the wildfires burning in Alberta.

Keep up to date on the current wildfire situation visit www.wildfire.alberta.ca and follow Alberta Wildfire on Facebook and Twitter.

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McMillan Complex - June 20, 2019

Click here to view a map with imagery and click here for one without imagery of the McMillan Wildfire Complex.

McMillan Complex update - June 24 | 6:00 pm

Fire activity remains minimal on the fire, as scattered rainfall and cooler conditions continue. Firefighters and helicopters were unable to get on the line today as weather limited their ability to access the identified priority areas.

Fireguard will look to be wrapped up along the north portion, however limited activity in that area brings no concern of spread beyond the fire’s perimeter.

The complex received 5-10 mm of rain in various parts throughout the area. Tomorrow we can expect temperatures of 20 degrees, a relative humidity of 50% and winds coming from the northeast at 10 km/hr. Conditions will remain the similar for the rest of the week, as the upper trough in the province continues to persist.

There are 504 firefighters and support staff, 45 helicopters, airtankers, and 59 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this wildfire.

We have been lucky enough to have received support from firefighters and support staff from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Parks Canada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Oregon. Thank you to everyone who has assisted in our operations; the support has been incredible!

The McMillan Complex remains approximately:

  • 9.4 kilometres north of Wabasca No. 166C
  • 4.9 and 3.3 kilometres west of Wabasca No. 166B and 166D
  • 26.5 kilometres northeast of Marten Beach
  • 32.8 kilometres northeast of Slave Lake
  • 6 kilometres southeast of Trout Lake

Of the four wildfires in the McMillan Complex, three are under control and one is being held. SWF-049 has burned into SWF-079 as these fires were in close proximity to each other.
Note: wildfire sizes are subject to change as more accurate readings of the perimeter become available.

SWF-049 is 273,045 hectares and is classified as being held.

SWF-090 is 187 hectares and is classified as under control.

SWF-078 is 137 hectares and is classified as under control.

SWF-099 is 2 hectares and has been extinguished.


For the safety of our firefighters, please obey the reduced speed limit on the highways. Highway 813 from Wabasca to Sandy Lake is open. Highway 754 from Highway 88 to Wabasca is open. Expect delays due to traffic volume and reduced visibility in smoke. Speed reductions in effect. View updates on highways by visiting 511.Alberta.ca or download the mobile app.

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If you have any questions please contact:

Matt Bell

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 587-986-4985

Email: matt.bell@gov.ab.ca

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.