Due to the recent rain showers the wildfire danger is LOW in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Areas south of Lesser Slave Lake did not receive rain and the HIGH wildfire danger persists.
The relief of the wildfire danger will be short lived as extremely warm temperatures are expected this weekend.
Firefighters anticipate new starts with the recent lightning.
Fire lookouts are on alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
There was one new wildfire last night. The small grass fire was extinguished.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 70 wildfires which have burned 105.50 hectares.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
For today the maximum temperature will be 23 degrees and winds will be from the northwest 15- 20 kilometres per hour. Extremely warm temperatures are expected for the upcoming weekend.
A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to forecasted high temperatures and low relative humidity.
Under this advisory:.
- Current permits are suspended;
- No new fire permits will be issued until conditions improve;
- Some essential burning may be allowed, at the discretion of a forest officer;
- Permits for fireworks will require approval from a wildfire prevention officer before being issued by a forest officer.
- Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.
- Safe wood campfires *
- Backyard fire pits
- Portable propane fire pits
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
*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.
Firefighters thank you for your cooperation. The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for a map of the affected area.
If your burning is essential please contact the local Agriculture and Forestry office to submit your request for a fire permit.
Red Earth/Slave Lake 780-849-7377
High Prairie 780-523-6619
Please do your part to prevent wildfires.
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.
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.
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Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
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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 June 24, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact:
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