Wildfire Season Starts March 1st
Today marks the official start of the wildfire season in Alberta. Fire permits are now required for any outdoor burning with the exception of campfires.
Under the current winter conditions the wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area is LOW.
Since January 1, 2023 there have been zero wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Since January 1, 2023 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been nine wildfires burning a total 2.91 hectares.
Check Your Winter Burns
Firefighters are urging everyone who has conducted winter burning to go back and ensure the fires are out. With the dry conditions last fall and lack of moisture in the ground, there is potential for fires lit this winter to continue to burn under the snow and re-emerge as wildfires in the spring.
To prevent spring holdover wildfires revisit your brush pile or windrow burning projects to ensure the fires are extinguished.
- Spread out the remaining material.
- Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced.
- Check your burn site multiple times in the coming weeks to ensure it has not reignited.
For information on brush pile and windrow safe burning practices click here.
If your winter burns remain active promptly contact your local Slave Lake Forest Area Office. We are also asking that you please report your winter burning locations by calling Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Technologist, Russell Murphy at 780-849-7457.
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 firepermits.alberta.ca for information on how to make a request online.
Fire permits are also still available, by request, from your Slave Lake Forest Area Office.
Slave Lake 780-849-7377
High Prairie 780-523-6619
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Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on March 13th, 2023.
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