Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update July 16th

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2019


Wildfire Danger

The wildfire danger is LOW in the Slave Lake Forest Area.  Click here to view the wildfire danger map. Unless conditions change your next wildfire update will be July 23rd . 

Wildfire Update - Since March 1, 2019, there have been 141 wildfires and 276,535 hectares burned in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Active fires in the Slave Lake Forest Area

  1. SWF140 is considered as under control and is estimate d at 0.01 hectares.
  2. SWF141 is a lightening fire detected today as is considered to be out of control and 0.5 hectares in size.   There are currently crews and helicopters working to extinquish this wildfire.

Provincial Wildfire Situation

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

Click here to view a map of the wildfires burning in Alberta.

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McMillan Complex - July 15th 6 pm

The wildfire is currently being lead by a team from both Saskatchewan and the North West Territories.  Crews continue work on hotspots on the fire, some hotsorts are deep burning and require multiple days of work for firefighters to extinquish.  Reclamation of dozer guard is ongoing.

Since the start of these wildfires in May, we have received firefighters and support staff from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick,Northwest Territories, Parks Canada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Mexico.Thank you to everyone who has assisted, the support has been incredible.

There are four wildfires within the McMillan Complex. 

SWF-049 is 273,045 hectares and classified as under control.

SWF-078 is 137 hectares and classified as under control.

SWF-090 is 187 hectares and has been extinguished.

SWF-099 is 2 hectares and has been extinguished.

For your safety stay clear of burned areas

Even though the wildfire is under control, firefighters strongly advise you to stay out of burned areas.Trees in the burned areas can fall easily without wind and in some areas the fire continues to burn deep under the ground. Stay safe and avoid venturing into areas of recent wildfire activity.

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Fire Permits

From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area. A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit.

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

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

Wabasca 780-891-3860 

High Prairie 780-523-6619

Unless conditions change your next wildfire update will be July 23th.

If you have any questions please contact:

Tanis Blocka

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-516-1347


Keep up to date on the wildfire situation by subscribing to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update or download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Apple or Android devices.