The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area is MODERATE.
With the recent warm temperatures the snow has melted exposing areas of dead grass. These areas of dead grass are flammable. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution and to report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
Over the next several weeks firefighters will be burning areas of dead dry grass around communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters conduct these burns under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and to minimize the impact of smoke to roadways and communities.
If you have any questions about these grass burns contact Wildfire Information Office Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been three wildfires which has burned 0.04 hectares. SWF03 which occurred yesterday was the result of a landowner burning without a fire permit. Remember to get your fire permit before you burn.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
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
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 permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.