Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update- July 10, 2024 4:00 pm

Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2024


Wildfire danger

The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area is VERY HIGH. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating outdoors, as under the hot and dry conditions, a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

On Alert

Fire lookouts are watching for smoke and firefighters with helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that start. 

July 10


For today, the high will be 35 degrees and winds will be from southeast 10-15 kilometres per hour. Thunderstorms with strong winds, hail and lightning, are expected to move through the area late this morning and into the evening. Crossover conditions are expected as well. Crossover is the point at which the relative humidity is less than or equal to the temperature and this is an indicator of extreme burning. 

Smoky conditions

Due to wildfire activity in northern Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories smoky conditions may persist in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Visit to see where the smoke is coming from. Anyone with health concerns should visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for health advice from Alberta Health Link.

Fire Ban wide

Fire ban in effect
A fire ban is in effect as of 4 p.m. on July 10 in the entire Forest Protection Area of Alberta, including the Slave Lake Forest Area, due to hot and dry conditions.
A fire ban has also been issued for the town of High Prairie, town of Slave Lake, and the Big Lakes County Fire Permit Area. 

Under this fire ban:

  • All fire permits are suspended or cancelled.
  • No new fire permits will be issued.
  • Some allowances can be made for essential agricultural and industrial burning, if approved by a forest officer.


  • All outdoor wood fires, including wood campfires on public land, private land, designated campgrounds, and backyard firepits
  • Barbeque charcoal briquettes
  • Fireworks and exploding targets


  • Propane/ natural gas-powered appliances

  • Indoor wood fires inside a structure (such as a facility, building, tent or RV) and contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor

  • Open flame oil devices (such as deep fryers and tiki torches). All devices must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards.

 The fire ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Fire ban factsheet

Current wildfire situation

So far today, lightning has sparked ten new wildfires. Of the ten wildfires, three are classified as burning out of control, two are being held, one is under control and four are extinguished. SWF077-SWF084 and SWF086 range in size from 0.01-0.1 hectares and SWF085 is estimated to be 0.5 hectares. Firefighters, helicopters and airtankers are fighting these wildfires. The wildfires do not pose a threat to any communities.

SWF076 was detected on July 9th and is located approximately 82 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek. Airtankers and firefighters with helicopters responded and fought the wildfire. The wildfire is being held and is 44 hectares in size. There are 21 firefighters with two helicopters  working on the wildfire. 

SWF075 was detected on July 8th and is located approximately 10 kilometres east of Little Buffalo. Thanks to the hard work of aircraft and firefighters this wildfire is being held. Being held means the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries given the current weather and firefighting resources. The cause of SWF075 was lightning and it is three hectares in size. There are 25 firefighters with a helicopter working on the wildfire. 

Since January 1, 2024, 86 wildfires have been reported in the Slave Lake Forest Area, resulting in a total burned area of 320.99 hectares.  

Since January 1, 2024, 659 wildfires have been reported in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, resulting in a total burned area of 181,427.98 hectares.

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

The Forest Protection Area is divided into 10 forest areas. Find the latest updates for each area here or subscribe to receive them in your inbox.

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 July 12, 2024. If you have any questions contact Leah Lovequist, the Wildfire Information Officer for the Slave Lake Forest Area, at 780-849-0945.
Fire Permit Online

Fire permits are required

From now until October 31, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
Fire permits help us track what is burning on the landscape. If you are burning without a permit or not following permit conditions, your fire could be considered a wildfire and you could be fined and may be responsible for the costs of suppressing the fire. By getting a fire permit, you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.
Fire permits are free and can be requested online. Visit to request your fire permit online. You may also request your fire permit by calling your local Forest Area Office.
Wabasca 780-891-3860
Slave Lake 780-849-7377
High Prairie 780-523-6619  
Fire permit holders, please remember to check the weather forecast before initiating any burning activities. This precaution ensures that you'll adhere to the safe burning conditions outlined on your fire permit.
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Prevent wildfires

67% of wildfires in Alberta are caused by people. Whether you are recreating or working outdoors, please do your part to 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 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

An estimated 90 percent of homes damaged or destroyed by wildfire are ignited by embers. Download the FireSmart Yard Fact Sheet for practical and simple actions you can take on your property to reduce the risk of a wildfire reaching your home.
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



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