The wildfire danger is HIGH to VERY HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
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Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as areas of dead grass are flammable. A fire will ignite easily and spread quickly under these dry and windy conditions. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or text #FIRE on your cell phone.
Today the maximum temperature will be 19 degrees and winds will be from the north/northwest 20 kilometres per hour. Areas north of Lesser Slave Lake will be cooler and may see a shower.
On High Alert
There is a high possibility of holdover lightning wildfires today. Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
Photo: SWF027 was caused by a mechanical malfunction of a riding lawn mower.
There have been three new wildfires since the last update. Two have been extinguished and one is under control. All three wildfires were human caused and started in the dead grass.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 29 wildfires which have burned 32.45 hectares.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
From now until October 31st, a fire permit is required for any burning, except a campfire, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
To request your free fire permit call your local Agriculture and Forestry office.
Red Earth/Slave Lake 780-849-7377
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 permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.
Over the next several weeks firefighters will be burning areas of dead dry grass around communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters conduct these burns under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and to minimize the impact of smoke to roadways and communities.
If you have any questions about these grass burns contact Wildfire Information Office Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.
New Alberta Wildfire App
Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province?
Download the new app today 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.
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Updates are provided weekly when the wildfire danger is low to moderate and daily when the wildfire danger reaches high to extreme.
Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on May 16th, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation