Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - September 22, 2023

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2023

Wildfire Danger
Due to strong and gusty winds expected, the wildfire danger will be VERY HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area for Friday September 22nd. 
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors, as under dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.
Fire permit holders must postpone burning as the winds will exceed the safe buring conditions on the fire permit.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473). Firefighters in helicopters and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
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For Friday, temperatures are expected to be 20 degrees with a relative humidity of 35-40 percent. Winds will be from the south/southeast 25 kilometres per hour gusting up to 40.
Smoky Conditions

Due to wildfire activity in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, smoky conditions will persist in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Visit to see where the smoke is coming from. Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link.  
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A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area due to dry conditions and expected warm and windy weather.

Under this advisory:

  • Existing fire permits are still valid however, they may be suspended or cancelled if dry conditions continue.

  • Valid fire permit holders must postpone burning when winds exceed the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.

  • New fire permits for essential burning will be considered however, fire permits will not be issued for windrows or brush piles.  


  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.

What is allowed:

  • Safe wood campfires* in campgrounds, backyards, or random camping areas

  • Barbeque - Charcoal briquettes

  • Portable propane fire pits

  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues

  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

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*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring.

They are required to:

  • be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;

  • have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;

  • have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire.  

Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Firefighters thank you for your cooperation.

Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Wildfire Situation 
There have been no new wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest Area since Sunday September 10th.
Since January 1, 2023, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 132 wildfires which have burned 429,009.05 hectares.

Since January 1, 2023, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 1,022 wildfires which burned 2,067,658.95 hectares. 

SWF116 occurred on July 7th and is located approximately 22 kilometres northwest of Chipewyan Lake. The lightning caused wildfire is classified as being held and is 10,670.00 hectares in size. Being held means with the current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. Firefighters with a helicopter are monitoring this wildfire. 

The wildfires in the Saulteaux Complex (SWF 085, SWF086 and SWF087) and Grizzly Complex (SWF057, SWF063, SWF064 and SWF095) are under control. 

SWF103 occurred on June 21 and is located 30 kilometres northeast of Red Earth Creek. The wildfire is under control and has burned 40.5 hectares. 

Carrot Lake Fire (SWF081) is located at Chipewyan Lake. SWF081 is being held and has burned 33,138.0 hectares. Being held means with the current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. Firefighters in a helicopter are monitoring this wildfire.

SWF068 is located approximately six kilometres northwest of Peavine Metis Settlement. The wildfire is under control and has burned 143,039.00 hectares. Firefighting operations are being conducted by the Peace River Forest Area. For information on this wildfire visit the Peace River Wildfire Update.

SW060 is located 2.3 kilometres east of the border of the Whitefish Lake First Nation. This wildfire is under control and has burned approximately 43,981 hectares. 

Wildfire Dashboard

To view wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard

NOTE: The wildfire perimeter is an estimate based on measurements such as GPS, aerial scanning and satellite imagery. This estimated perimeter can change as more accurate measurements become available. Areas within the fire perimeter may not have been affected by wildfire.


Fire Permits 

From March 1 to October 31, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Fire permits help us track what is burning on the landscape. If you are burning without a permit or not following permit conditions, your fire could be considered a wildfire and you could be fined and may be responsible for the costs of suppressing the fire. 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 are free and are now available online. Visit for information on how to make a request online.

Fire permits are also still available, by request, from your local Forestry Office.

    • Wabasca 780-891-3860
    • Slave Lake 780-849-7377
    • High Prairie 780-523-6619  


Do your part to prevent wildfires

When using any type of machinery including off-highway vehicles take the following precautions:

  • Clear debris from moving parts.

  • Check your muffler.

  • Keep the equipment in good repair.

  • Avoid operating equipment in tall grass.

  • Keep watch of your surroundings.

  • Always carry firefighting equipment on board, a fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and a receptacle filled with at least five litres of water.  

Hunting Campfire

When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving your site or headed to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. 

When putting out your campfire:

  • Spread the embers within the fire pit, then add water or loose dirt and stir.

  • Expose any materials still burning, then add more water and stir again until you can no longer see smoke or steam.

  • Repeat until your campfire is cool to the touch. You should not be able to feel any heat from the ashes.

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Visit to learn how you can reduce the risk of wildfire to your home, property and community.

Wildfire Information 

The wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more. The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.

Download the Alberta Wildfire app and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device. Available for Apple and Android.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer