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Posted on: May 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 3rd

Wildfire Danger- Moderate

Warm and sunny weather has caused the wildfire danger to climb in the Slave Lake Forest Area. The wildfire danger is now MODERATE.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in areas of dead grass. A fire will ignite easily and spread quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Firefighters burning

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.

Wildfire Situation

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 15 wildfires which have burned 20.7 hectares. 

The largest wildfire this spring occurred on Friday. The 19 hectare wildfire was caused by a brush pile that was lit in the winter and was not extinguished. 

Snow does not put out a fire. A fire can burn under the snow all winter long only to emerge as a wildfire in the spring. 

If you have burned this winter go back and make sure your fires are extinguished. Firefighters thank you for doing your part to prevent wildfires.

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

Fire Permits 

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

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 permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

New Alberta Wildfire App

Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province? 

Download the new app today 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. 

Available for Apple and Android.

Wildfire Information

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted. 

 Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple and Android device. 

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Updates are provided weekly when the wildfire danger is low to moderate and daily when the wildfire danger reaches high to extreme. 

Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on May 10th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer


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