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Posted on: June 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 16th, 2021

Wildfire Danger- Moderate

Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger is overall MODERATE in the Slave Lake Forest Area. 

Areas around and south of High Prairie did not receive rain and the wildfire danger remains VERY HIGH.

Today the winds are expected to gust up to 75 kilometres per hour.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under the strong and gusty winds today a fire will spread quickly.

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

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

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On Alert

Firefighters are anticipating new wildfire starts due to the lightning and strong winds.

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 18 degrees and winds will be from the west 40 gusting up to 75 kilometres per hour. There is a good chance of rain for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.

Wildfire Situation

There have been no new wildfires.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 65 wildfires which have burned 103.96 hectares.

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.

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.

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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 to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 


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 June 17th, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer


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