Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - September 29th, 2021

Posted on Wed, Sep 29, 2021


Wildfire Danger

Due to strong and gusty winds the wildfire danger has climbed to HIGH for the Slave Lake Forest Area.

For Thursday winds are expected to be gusting up to 50 kilometres per hour. Under these windy conditions a fire will spread very quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Fire permit holders must postpone burning as the winds will exceed the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.

Wildfire Situation

There were two new wildfires since the last report. Both wildfires are under control and have been turned over to the landowners who will extinguish them.

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Photo: SWF157 occurred on September 24th. Burning outside fire permit conditions.

SWF157 located in the Red Earth Creek area was caused by a landowner burning outside the safe burning conditions on the fire permit. When the landowner initially lit the piles the winds were calm however in the afternoon the winds became strong. The strong winds caused embers to spread, igniting more piles. It is extremely important that prior to any burning, a fire permit holder must check the weather forecast to ensure they will be burning within the safe burning conditions on the fire permit. 

SWF099 located 23 kilometres northeast of Chipewyan Lake is being held. Being held means under the current weather conditions and with the firefighting efforts that have been applied the wildfire is not expected to grow past predetermined boundaries.

The wildfire has experienced minimal activity and remains within the predetermined boundary. Firefighters are routinely monitoring it. The last updated size was 5,960 hectares.

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 wildfire on a map click here.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 158 wildfires which have burned 6,299.19 hectares.

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

Fire Permits

From now until October 31st, a fire permit is required for any burning, except a campfire, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

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

Red Earth/Slave Lake 780-849-7377

Wabasca 780-891-3860

High Prairie 780-523-6619

Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape.  If you're burning without a fire permit or outside of fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire.  By getting a permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

Do your part to prevent wildfires

54% of wildfires this season in the Slave Lake Forest Area have been human caused. Human caused wildfires are preventable. Please do your part to prevent wildfires.

Photo: SWF091 Abandoned campfire found at a day use area north of Slave Lake. 

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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When using an off-highway vehicles follow these simple steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle causing a wildfire:

  • Before you ride, clean out hot spots and remove debris from your machine.
  • After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any build-up from your machine.
  • Carry firefighting equipment such as a small shovel, collapsible pail or fire extinguisher.
  • Wash your quad, trike or bike and keep it clean; do not wash in streams and creeks.
  • Make sure your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.
  • Stop frequently. Take the time to knock debris from your machine’s hot spots. If the debris is smouldering, soak it, stir it, and soak it again to make sure it’s out.

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 on September 30th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer






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