Strong and gusty winds have caused the wildfire danger to climb to EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under these dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.
A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.
Under this advisory:
· Existing fire permits are still valid.
· New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
· Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for a map of the affected area.
All of the wildfires so far this season in the Slave Lake Forest Area have been human-caused.
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.
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.
For today the maximum temperature will be 24 degrees and winds will be from the west 25 gusting up to 45 kilometres per hour. There is a good chance of lightning for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.
Crossover conditions will be experienced. Crossover is the point at which the relative humidity is less than or equal to the temperature and it is an indicator of extreme burning conditions.
Wildland firefighters assisted the High Prairie Fire Department in fighting a fire south of the town yesterday afternoon.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 44 wildfires which have burned 34.53 hectares.
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.
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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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 June 4th, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer