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Posted on: May 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - May26th

Wildfire Danger- Very High

Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger is VERY HIGH for the Slave Lake Forest Area

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution. The forest and areas of grass are extremely dry and strong gusty winds are expected today. Under these dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread very quickly.

Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. 

Fire permit holders must postpone burning as the winds today will exceed the safe burning conditions on the fire permit. 

On Alert

Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

Weather

For today the maximum temperature will be 18 degrees and winds will be from the southeast 20 gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour.  

There is a chance of rain today for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake however until a good amount of rain is on the ground conditions will remain dry.

 

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Wildfire Situation

Firefighters responded to one new wildfire this morning and two yesterday. Of the three wildfires, two are classified as under control and one has been extinguished. 

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 39 wildfires which have burned 33.37 hectares.

For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

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.

Prevent Wildfires

All of the wildfires so far this season in the Slave Lake Forest Area have been human caused. 

Human caused wildfires are preventable. Please do your part to prevent wildfires.

If you plan to use an OHV remember to stop often and check hot spots. Debris can heat up, drop to the ground and start a wildfire.

When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving your site or headed to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out.

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Wildfire Information

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.

Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

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

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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 27th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile:780-849-0945

Email:Leah.Lovequist@gov.ab.ca

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