Smoky conditions will persist in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to see where the smoke is coming from.
For today, temperatures are expected to be 28-30 degrees and relative humidity will be 20-25 percent. The winds will be from the southeast at 25 gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour.
FIRE RESTRICTION IN EFFECT
A fire restriction is in effect within the Forest Protection Area of the Slave Lake Forest Area.
The use of recreational drones over wildfires in Alberta is dangerous, illegal and could result in a fine of up to $15,000* for putting aircraft and people at risk. Please give Alberta firefighters the space they need to do their jobs safely.
*according to Transport Canada
Attention Aircraft Pilots
Aircraft Pilots are reminded to check NOTAMs before flying into areas with active wildfires. Flying into a NOTAM area without prior authorization will cause disruption to aerial firefighting.
Wildfire Situation June 9th at 11:30 am
Photo: SWF095 taken June 8th, 2023 at 4:20 pm
SWF095 located approximately 10 kilometres southeast of the hamlet of Sweathouse is classified as burning out of control. The wildfire is estimated to be 2,000 hectares in size. Under the hot and windy conditions yesterday the wildfire grew to the northwest. The wildfire remains south and east of the Sweathouse Fire Lookout Tower at this time. Water skimming airtankers are working on the wildfire and heavy equipment is building fire guard south of the fire tower. Firefighting operations will be conducted by the Incident Management Team on the Grizzly and Saulteaux Complexes.
The MD of Greenview has issued an Emergency Alert see details below.
Advisory: Wildfire - Greenview No. 16
Source: Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Issued: Jun 09, 2023 at 10:35 AM
History:Alert: Jun 09, 2023 at 10:35 AM
Description: This is an Alberta Emergency Alert. The M D of Greenview has issued a Wildfire Alert.
Wildfire SWF 095, southeast of Sweathouse is burning out of control. Everyone must be prepared to evacuate within 1 hour of notification, in case an evacuation is required.
Affected areas (1):
- Greenview No. 16
Action to take:
- Everyone in the affected area must prepare for a possible evacuation
- Gather pets, important documents and medication, enough food, water and supplies for at least 3 days
- This alert will be updated if an evacuation is required
- Stay tuned to https://www.alberta.ca/emergencyalert, and local media for updates.
SWF093 located approximately 27 kilometres northeast of Little Buffalo is classified as being held. The wildfire is estimated to be 23.9 hectares in size. There are 18 firefighters with a helicopter and a heavy equipment group working on this wildfire.
There were no new wildfires yesterday in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Since January 1, 2023, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 95 wildfires which have burned 381,811.02 hectares.
Since January 1, 2023, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 616 wildfires which burned 1,228,605.53 hectares.
To view wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard
NOTE: The wildfire perimeter is an estimate based on measurements such as GPS, aerial scanning and satellite imagery. This estimated perimeter can change as more accurate measurements become available. Areas within the fire perimeter may not have been affected by wildfire.
Saulteaux Complex – SWF085, SWF086 and SWF087
SWF085, SWF086 and SWF087 are located approximately five kilometres northwest of Smith and 30 kilometres east of the Town of Slave Lake.SWF085 is under control. SWF086 and SWF087 are being held. Being held means with the current weather conditions and resources, these wildfires are not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. The sizes of these wildfires are as follows; SWF086 is 4,742 hectares, SWF085 is 39.4 hectares and SWF087 is 1,036 hectares.
Structure protection equipment has been removed from the Old Smith Highway, if needed it can be redeployed. Heavy equipment has completed a fire guard around the north end and east side of SWF086. Firefighters with water trucks continue to patrol and extinguish ground fires.
Saulteaux Complex - public map
Grizzly Complex - SWF057, SWF063, SWF064
SWF-057 is located approximately 26 kilometers south of Kinuso and over 30 kilometers southwest of the Town of Slave Lake. The wildfire is classified as out of control and has burned an estimated 16,728 hectares.
Heavy equipment has completed fire guard along the southwest end of the wildfire from Swan River to Highway 33. Firefighters continue to extinguish ground fires along Highway 33, the southeast and northern end of the wildfire. Firefighters are monitoring the east side of the wildfire with aircraft.
SWF-063 is located approximately seven kilometers south of High Prairie and sixteen kilometers northwest of Swan Hills. The wildfire is classified as burning out of control and has burned an estimated 123,670 hectares.
Firefighters are working on extinguish ground fires with helicopters bucketing in East Prairie Metis Settlement and in the Banana Belt Area. Heavy equipment continues to build fire guard on the east and northwest side of the wildfire.
SWF-064 is located over 40 kilometers northwest of Swan Hills. Accurate measurements of the wildfires were conducted and SWF064 and SWF063 are not connected. SWF064 is classified as out of control and has burned approximately 40,060 hectares. Firefighters are working to extinguish ground fires and helicopters with buckets are available to action any hot spots as they occur. Heavy equipment continues to build a fire guard around the north and south sides of the wildfire.
Grizzly Complex - public map
There are a total of 108 firefighters, 59 heavy equipment operators, 33 support staff, 16 aircraft and 68 pieces of heavy equipment working on the Grizzly and Saulteaux Complexes.
If you have any question regarding the Saulteaux or Grizzly Complexes please contact Wildfire Information Officer Bianca Callinan by email email@example.com
Re-entry Information for Residents
We ask that residents stay out of areas that have been burned by the wildfires in the area. Wildfires will make the root systems of trees weak, and any amount of wind will affect the trees in the area. Falling trees will be an ongoing hazard and for your safety avoid the burned-out areas.
Firefighters will be actively working on and around properties extinguishing hotspots, please give them the space they need to work.
There may be structure protection equipment on homes and infrastructure in the area. We ask that you do not move the equipment as it is in place to protect buildings on your property.
SWF060 - Formerly named Nipis Complex
SW060 is located 2.3 kilometres east of the border of the Whitefish Lake First Nation. SWF060 is being held and has burned approximately 43,981 hectares. Being held means with the current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries.
Firefighters with water delivery vehicles continue to work on extinguishing smouldering ground fires on the north side of the wildfire near highway 88. Heavy equipment has begun building fire guard in the north end of the wildfire. One helicopter with bucket will be working on hotspots on the north end of the wildfire and five helicopters are moving firefighters onto the wildfire.
Wildfire operations are being conducted by the Fort McMurray Forest Area. For information on SWF081 visit the Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update.
If you have any questions about SWF081 please contact Wildfire Information Officer Kyle Macorig by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
SWF068 is located approximately six kilometres northwest of Peavine Metis Settlement. Firefighting operations are being conducted by the Peace River Forest Area. For information on these wildfires visit the Peace River Wildfire Update.
If you have any questions regarding SWF068 please contact Wildfire Information Officer Michelle Huley 780-618-2081.
Learn about wildfires and what you can do to be prepared. Visit https://www.alberta.ca/wildfire-preparedness.aspx
Visit https://511.alberta.ca for the latest information on road closures.
For your safety, travel on side roads around active wildfires is not recommended. Not only are there active fires in these areas there are also firefighting operations that could be delayed by your presence. Firefighters appreciate your cooperation.
Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link. Before travelling check www.511.Alberta.ca for information the latest road conditions or closures. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to see where the smoke is coming from.
Volunteers, equipment owners/operators or firefighters looking to assist with these wildfires or any of the wildfires within the province, please contact EmergencySupportOffers@gov.ab.ca.
Do your part and prevent wildfires
When riding your off-highway vehicle stop frequently to remove any build-up of debris from your machine. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can begin to smoulder and drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire. Always carry firefighting equipment - a shovel, extinguisher and bucket when you ride.
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.
The wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more. The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.
Download the Alberta Wildfire 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 all on your mobile device. Available for Apple and Android.
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