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Posted on: June 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 6th, 2021 7:00 pm

Wildfire Danger- High

Wildfire Danger 

For Monday the wildfire danger is forecasted to be MODERATE to HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Cooler temperatures are expected and there is a good chance of rain for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.

 

Wildfire danger June 7th

 

The rain showers that occurred today were very scattered. In areas that did not receive rain dry conditions will persist.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under the dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. 

On Alert

Firefighters anticipate new starts with the high probability of lightning expected and recent lightning that has occurred.

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 tomorrow the maximum temperature will be 15 degrees and winds will be from the north at 20 kilometres per hour. There is a good chance of lightning for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area.

Wildfire Situation

Another busy day for firefighters as they extinguished wildfires from yesterday and fought six new wildfires today.

SWF047- 54 and 57-59 have been extinguished and SWF059 is under control.

The following information contains details regarding the active wildfires in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

SWF060 started late this afternoon and is located 15 kilometres northwest of Muskwa Lake. The wildfire is classified as burning out of control and is 1.4 hectares in size. Firefighters are working to extinguish hotspots on the wildfire.

SWF055 started late this morning and is located 11 kilometres north of Loon Lake. The wildfire is classified as burning out of control and is 15.9 hectares in size. Airtankers were successful in slowing the spread and firefighters are working to extinguish hotspots. This wildfire is not threatening the community.

SWF046 started on the afternoon of June 5th and is located 10 kilometres east of Red Earth Creek. The wildfire has burned 63.2 hectares and is now classified as being held. Being held means under current weather conditions and with the firefighting efforts applied the wildfire is not expected to grow past expected boundaries. A guard has been built around the entire wildfire and firefighters are working to extinguish hotspots. This wildfire is not threatening any communities.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 60 wildfires which have burned 116.38 hectares.

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

Fire Advisory 1

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.

Prohibited:
 ·         Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.

Safe campfires, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue and recreational off-highway vehicles are allowed.

The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for a map of the affected area. 

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Prevent Wildfires

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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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.

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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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 June 7th, 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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