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Posted on: August 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 24, 2021

Wildfire Danger- Low

Wildfire Danger

The wildfire danger is LOW for the Slave Lake Forest Area

With the precipitation that has been received the Fire Advisory in the Slave Lake Forest Area has been lifted.  Temperatures will recover to the 18-21 degree range today as the upper low that generated extensive precipitation in central Alberta yesterday moves into Saskatchewan. There will be humid conditions in the wake of the low accompanied by light winds.

Use caution while working or recreating in the forested areas and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Wildfire Situation

There have been no new wildfires in the last 24 hours

Wildfires of Note

SWF114 located 39 kilometres southwest of Sandy Lake is under control and is 85 hectares in size. Heavy equipment is working on reclaiming the fire guard.

SWF099 located 23 kilometres northeast of Chipewyan Lake is being held. Being held means under the current weather conditions and with the firefighting efforts that have been applied the wildfire is not expected to grow past predetermined boundaries.

The wildfire behaviour has diminished to shouldering. There hasn't been any significant growth over the last couple of days. The wildfire remains at 5,960 hectares in size and firefighters are routinely monitoring it.

Since this wildfire occurs in a zone where it does not threaten communities or resources it is allowed to burn onto the landscape naturally under the watchful eye of experienced fire managers. Using this wildfire management strategy has many benefits; it re-introduces fire onto the landscape, creates a break in the continuous fuels, reduces the intensity of the fire providing safety zones for our firefighting crews to work from and reduces the cost of fighting these wildfires.

Click here to view map of SWF099.

SWF079 and 083 are all under control and firefighters are monitoring these wildfires.

To view the wildfires on a map click here.

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 151 wildfires which have burned 6,283.89 hectares.

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

fire permits required

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 of 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 on August 31st, 2021.

If you have any questions please contact:

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile:780-805-4607

Email: tanis.blocka@gov.ab.ca

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