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Posted on: October 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Danger Level for October 7th - HIGH

Wildfire Danger- High

The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area remains HIGH for areas south of Utikuma Lake.

Click here to view today's wildfire danger map.

Use caution when working or recreating in areas of dead grass as they are flammable and will ignite easily. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Fire permit holders may resume burning as light winds are expected today. Be sure to review and follow the conditions on your fire permit.

Wildfire update October 7, 2020

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 66 wildfires which have burned a total of 276 hectares. 

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

Fire permit

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

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

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

Ride debris free 

An off-highway vehicle exhaust can reach temperatures of over 200 degrees Celsius. That means it won't take long for that wet and muddy debris to dry up, start smouldering and fall to the ground as you drive away. You can help prevent a wildfire by stopping frequently to remove any build-up of debris from the hot spots on your machine.

Make sure it's out

A campfire left smoldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. Soak it with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cool to the touch.

Firefighters thank you for doing your part to prevent wildfires. 

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Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on October 8th.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer


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