Warm and sunny weather has caused the wildfire hazard to climb in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Areas to the north of Lesser Slave Lake and around High Prairie are at HIGH while areas south and east of Lesser Slave Lake are at MODERATE. Click here to view the wildfire hazard map for May 20th.
With warm weather in the forecast for the weekend, the wildfire hazard will continue to climb. While out enjoying the long weekend please do your part to prevent wildfires. Make sure your campfire is out and when riding your off highway vehicle stop frequently to remove the build up of debris around the machine's hotspots.
Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE(3473). This reporting line is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
For the weekend, the forecast is calling for temperatures in the low to mid twenties and light winds.
There was one new wildfire late this afternoon. The small lightning caused wildfire is being held and firefighters are working to extinguish it. Since March 1, 2017, the Slave Lake Forest Area has recorded 13 wildfires and the total area burned is 1.24 hectares.
For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta click here.
Before you burn it get a fire permit. As of March 1st, fire permits are required for any burning (excluding campfires) in the Forest Protection Area.
To obtain your free fire permit call your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office:
- Slave Lake/Red Earth/Peerless/Trout 780-849-7377
- Wabasca 780-891-3860
- High Prairie 780-523-6619
Last year in Alberta, 60% of wildfires were caused by humans. Human caused wildfires are 100% preventable so please do your part to prevent wildfires this season.By getting a fire permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape and if you are burning without a fire permit your fire is considered a wildfire.
A campfire left smouldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. This video shows you how to make sure your campfire is out.
Your off-highway vehicle can start a wildfire. Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smouldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire.This video shows you how to ride debris free.
Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on May 22nd, 2017.
Leah Lovequist -Wildfire Information Officer
Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3473)