Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 24th

Posted on Mon, May 24, 2021


Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger has climbed to VERY HIGH/EXTREME for the Slave Lake Forest Area. Warm temperatures and strong gusty winds are expected today.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under these dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread very quickly.

Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. 

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Prevent Wildfires

Did you know that 92% of wildfires that happen over the May Long weekend are human caused. All human caused wildfires are preventable.

Please do your part to prevent wildfires this long weekend.

If you plan to use an OHV remember to stop often and check hot spots. Debris can heat up, drop to the ground and start a wildfire.

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. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out.


For today the maximum temperature will be 21 degrees and winds will be from the northeast 20  kilometres per hour gusting up to 40.Crossover conditions are expected. Crossover is the point at which the relative humidity is less than or equal to the temperature. Under crossover conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread rapidly.

On Alert

Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire yesterday afternoon. Smoke was spotted by our lookout tower and firefighters who responded found a pile of yard debris that was still smouldering with an expired fire permit. Please remember to ensure any fire you light including your campfire is extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes and soak it again. There should be no heat coming from the ashes.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 33 wildfires which have burned 32.81 hectares.

For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit

Check Alberta Fire Bans

Before heading out on your long weekend travels, please check to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

Fire Permits 

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

Wabasca 780-891-3860

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.


New Alberta Wildfire App

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.

Available for Apple and Android.

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Wildfire Information

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.
Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple and Android device.
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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 25th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer





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