Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update- April 18, 2024

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2024


Wildfire danger

The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area is moderate. Despite recent rain and snow, the amount received was insufficient to alleviate the wildfire danger for the long-term. The forecast is calling for hot and dry weather over the next several days.

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In anticipation of the forecasted hot and dry weather, a fire restriction has been issued for the Forest Protection Area within the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Under this restriction:

  • Existing fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and in private backyards are allowed.

Prohibited in the backcountry and on random camping areas:

  • Wood campfires.
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques.
  • The use of fireworks and exploding targets.

Allowed in designated campgrounds on private and public land, designated day use areas and in backyards of privately owned land:

  • Safe wood campfires in designated and acceptable fire rings and fire pits.
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques.
  • Propane/ natural gas-powered appliances CSA approved or UL certified.

The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Stay informed of fire restrictions and fire bans in your area by checking or by calling 1-866-394-3473.

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Current wildfire situation
No new wildfires have been reported in the Slave Lake Forest Area since April 14.
Since January 1, 2024, 21 wildfires have been reported in the Slave Lake Forest Area, resulting in a total burned area of 280.13 hectares. Of the 21 wildfires, three are under control, one has been turned over to the landowner and 17 have been extinguished.
In the Slave Lake Forest Area, eight wildfires from the 2023 wildfire season remain under control.
Firefighters along with heavy equipment are working on ground fires on SWF068-2023.
Since January 1, 2024, 151 wildfires have been reported in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, resulting in a total burned area of 579.5 hectares. 

To view wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard

During times of low to moderate wildfire danger, updates will be issued weekly. However, when the danger escalates to high or extreme levels, updates will be provided daily. Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on April 22, 2024. If you have any questions contact Leah Lovequist, the Wildfire Information Officer for the Slave Lake Forest Area, at 780-849-0945.


Prevent wildfires

Do your part to prevent wildfires this spring.

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 such as a shovel, extinguisher and bucket when you ride.

When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving the site or going to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out. A campfire is out when you can no longer feel heat from the ashes.


FireSmart Alberta

Download the FireSmart Begins at Home Guide for practical and simple actions you can take to reduce wildfire risk to your home and property.
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Wildfire information 

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 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.

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Wildfire Information Officer

Leah Lovequist