Wildfire danger for Tuesday May 22nd
The wildfire danger has climbed to EXTREME for areas north of Utikuma Lake. Areas south of Utikuma Lake are VERY HIGH.
The forest and areas of dead grass are extremely dry and there is a high chance of lightning today and tomorrow. Under dry conditions a wildfire will ignite and spread very quickly.
Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
The Fire Advisory remains in effect. Fire permits are cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. Safe campfires are allowed.
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.
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For Tuesday, the temperature will reach between 26-27 degrees Celsius and winds will be from the southwest 15 kilometres per hour.
Lightning is moving through the area at this time and more is expected tomorrow.
6:00 pm Monday May 21, 2018
Lightning sparked a new wildfire this afternoon. Firefighters are currently fighting a 0.7 hectare wildfire located on the east side of highway 813, south of Pelican Lake.
Since March 1, 2018, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 42 wildfires that have burned a total of 58.77 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