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Posted on: June 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 21st, 2021

Wildfire Danger- High

Wildfire Danger 

Warm temperatures and lack of rain has caused the wildfire danger to climbed to HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

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

On Alert

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

Weather

For today the maximum temperature will be 27 degrees and winds will be from the west at 15 kilometres per hour. June 21 2021 wildfire danger

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire over the weekend. The 1.5 hectare grass fire was quickly contained and extinguished by firefighters.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 69 wildfires which have burned 105.49 hectares.

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

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Fireworks 

The use of fireworks and exploding targets in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta requires written permission from a Forest Officer. 

If you do not have written permission, you could face a fine of $600 and if you are found responsible for starting a wildfire, you could also be charged with the cost of firefighting.

Contact your local Agriculture and Forestry office to request permission. A site inspection will be required, so please plan ahead and call at least three days before the long weekend. 

For use within town limits, please contact your local Fire Department.

Click here for more information about fireworks.

Click here for more information about exploding targets.

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.

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.

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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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 22nd, 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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