The wildfire danger is EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under the hot and dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.
Firefighters are anticipating multiple wildfire starts as severe thunderstorms with dry lightning and strong gusty winds are expected today.
Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond.
For today the maximum temperature will be 38 degrees and winds will be from the southeast 25 gusting up to 50 kilometres per hour. Crossover conditions will occur. Crossover is the point at which the relative humidity is less than or equal to the temperature. It is an indicator of extreme burning conditions. severe thunderstorms with dry lightning and strong gusty winds are expected today.
There were no new wildfires yesterday.
Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 70 wildfires which have burned 105.50 hectares.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
A FIRE RESTRICTION is in effect for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions, which will increase the fire danger. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca to view a map of the affected area.
Under this restriction:
- Existing fire permits are suspended;
- All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
- Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
- Wood campfires on public land
- Fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land
- Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
- Backyard fire pits on private land
- Charcoal briquette barbeques
- Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
- Indoor wood fires
- Open flame oil devices
The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Save your fireworks for another day. Celebrate together on July 1st
Under the fire restriction the use of fireworks and exploding targets is prohibited.
Using fireworks in the Forest Protection Area during a fire restriction, could land you a $600 fine and if you cause a wildfire, you could also be held responsible for the costs of fighting the wildfire.
Firefighters are urging everyone to save their fireworks for another day and to celebrate together at community organized events on July 1st. These organized events are permitted as they are conducted by professionals and require the presence of firefighters and their equipment to ensure firework displays are conducted safely.
Firefighters truly appreciate your cooperation.
Under the fire restriction, you can have safe campfires in your backyard and in provincial or private campgrounds. 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.
Use of off-highway vehicles is also allowed. 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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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 July 1st, 2021.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer