Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update April 15th Fire Ban/OHV Restriction

Posted on Wed, Apr 15, 2020


Wildfire Update

The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area is LOW. 

Since the start of the 2020 wildfire season, zero wildfires have been recorded in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

The McMillan Wildfire which occurred during the 2019 wildfire season, remains under control and will be infrared scanned this spring.

For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta click here.

Fire Ban and OHV

Fire Ban and OHV Restriction

As part of Alberta Wildfire's Response Plan to COVID-19, A Fire Ban and OHV Restriction have been issued for the Forest Protection Area of Alberta effective April 15th at 2:00 pm.

These measures aim to reduce the number of human caused wildfires, as most if not all wildfires in the early spring are caused by human activity.

Reducing human caused wildfires helps keep our firefighting resources focused where they are most needed, especially when our firefighting resources may be challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please refer to for exact locations.

Fire Permits

All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.

Fire Ban/OHV Restriction


  • All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, backcountry and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.
  • Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets.
  • The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands. 


  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
  • OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands. 

What is an OHV?

  • An “off-highway vehicle” is a motorized vehicle designed to go beyond defined roadways, including but not limited to:
  • Quads;
  • Side by sides;
  • Dirt bikes;
  • 4x4 Jeeps;
  • Snowmobiles;
  • Pick-up trucks; or
  • Sport utility vehicles.


The OHV restriction does not apply to private land or agriculture, institutional (educational), commercial/ industrial, emergency response or Indigenous peoples who use OHV for traditional use.

Anyone found to be non-compliant of the fire ban may receive a violation ticket of $600 and non-compliant with the OHV restriction, a violation ticket of $1200.


Prohibited/Allowed List

Fact Sheet

Ministerial Order 006 



Prohibited/Allowed List

Fact Sheet

Ministerial Order 007


Unless conditions change your next update will be April 22nd. 

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-849-0945



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