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Posted on: July 2, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update Restriction - July 2, 2021

Wildfire Danger- Moderate

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Wildfire Danger 

The EXTREME wildfire danger persists for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.

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. 

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Rain overnight and this morning has brought temporary relief to the wildfire danger around and south of Lesser Slave Lake.  For these areas the wildfire danger is MODERATE.

Overall a significant amount of rain will be required to improve conditions for the long term. The Fire Restriction remains in effect.

 

Wildfire danger July 2

On Alert

Firefighters are anticipating new wildfire starts due to lightning that has occurred. Click here to view a map of the 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.

Weather

For today the maximum temperature will be 26 degrees and winds will be from the northwest 20 gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour. 

With a cold front moving through the area, cooler temperatures and scattered thundershowers are being experienced.

Smoky Conditions

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia may drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area.

If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. 

Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast.

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire yesterday. The small powerline caused wildfire in the Fawcette Lake area has been extinguished.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 71 wildfires which have burned 105.51 hectares.

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

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Prevent wildfires

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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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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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 July 3rd, 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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