Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 16, 2021

Posted on Fri, Jul 16, 2021


Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger is EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Click here to view the wildfire danger map for today.

Under the hot and dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. 

The fire restriction remains in effect visit to view a map of the affected area.  

Photo of SWF114 taken July 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm. Airtankers have surrounded the wildfire with long -term retardant. The retardant reduces combustion, thereby slowing the spread of the wildfire.

Wildfire Situation

Lightning sparked one new wildfire yesterday.

SWF114 located 39 kilometres southwest of Sandy Lake is classified as burning out of control and is 85 hectares in size. Last night airtankers surrounded the wildfire with retardant and heavy equipment worked through the night to build fire guard. This morning water skimming airtankers and helicopters are bucketing on hotspots. There are 39 firefighters, four helicopters, four airtankers and various pieces of heavy equipment working to contain this wildfire.

From July 9th to July 14th there have been 35 wildfires and all but one were caused by lightning. Firefighters have made good progress on fighting these wildfires. As of 10:30 am today, 28 have been extinguished, six are under control and one is being allowed to burn naturally with continuous monitoring.

SWF099 located 28 kilometres northeast of Chipewyan Lake is now being monitored by the Incident Management Team in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Click here to view the Fort McMurray Forest Area wildfire update.

The size of SWF099 will continue to increase over the next few days. Since this wildfire occurs in a zone where it does not threaten communities or resources it is allowed to burn onto the landscape naturally under the watchful eye of experienced fire managers. Using this wildfire management strategy has many benefits; it re-introduces fire onto the landscape, creates a break in the continuous fuels, reduces the intensity of the fire providing safety zones for our firefighting crews to work from and reduces the cost of fighting these wildfires.

To view the wildfires on a map click here.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 114 wildfires which have burned 308.56 hectares.

Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 905 wildfires burning a total of 25,727 ha.  For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit

On Alert

Firefighters anticipate new wildfire starts due to the lightning that has occurred and the lightning expected today.

Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond.


For today the maximum temperature will be 16 degrees and winds will be from the east/northeast at 20 gusting up to 35 kilometers per hour. There is a chance of rain today.

Smoky Conditions

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia may drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area.

If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit to view the most current smoke forecast.

Fire Restriction

A fire restriction has been expanded to include most of the Forest Protection Area of Alberta due to hot and dry conditions and increased fire danger.

The fire restriction is in effect for the Edson, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche, Peace River, Slave Lake and Whitecourt forest areas, as well as southern portions of the Calgary Forest Area.

Visit to view a map of the affected area.

Under the fire restriction, you can have safe campfires in your backyard and in provincial or private campgrounds.

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.

Use of off-highway vehicles is also allowed. 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.


Photo: SWF091 abandoned campfire found at a day use area north of Slave Lake on the afternoon of Sunday July 11.

Prevent wildfires

On the afternoon of Sunday July 11th an off duty firefighter found an abandoned campfire in a day use area north of Slave Lake. The smouldering campfire was extinguished by firefighters in 10 minutes.

Firefighters want to remind everyone to take the time to put out your campfire before you leave.

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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Wildfire Information

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.

Before heading out, please check 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 July 17th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer






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