Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - October 22, 2020

Posted on Thu, Oct 22, 2020


Wildfire danger 

The wildfire danger is LOW in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Wildfire update October 22, 2020

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 68 wildfires which have burned a total of 278 hectares. 

For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit

McMillan Wildfire 2019


Photo: McMillan Wildfire May 19, 2019.

On October 19th, 2020 the McMillan wildfire was declared extinguished. The entire wildfire was infrared scanned and no hotspots were detected. The size of the wildfire has been updated to 222,837.20 hectares. This new measurement excludes lakes and unburned areas.  

The McMillan wildfire occurred on May 18th, 2019 at around 2 pm at approximately 40 on Highway 754 northeast of Slave Lake, Alberta. Wildfire Investigators from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Investigators from the RCMP’s Forestry Crimes Unit have determined the cause of the wildfire to be arson. If you are a witness to this act or have information, please call the tip line 1-833-999-FIRE (3473).

Fire permits are required until October 31st

In the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, a fire permit is required for all types of burning, except for a campfire. 

To request your free fire permit call your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.

Slave Lake/Red Earth/Peerless/Trout 780-849-7377

Wabasca 780-891-3860

High Prairie 780-523-6619

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Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on October 31st.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer




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