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Posted on: April 26, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - April 26th

Wildfire Danger- High

Wildfire Danger

The wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area  is HIGH. Strong and gusty winds are expected again today. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in snow-free areas as the dead grass will ignite easily and winds will cause the fire to spread quickly.  

if you spot a wildfire report it by calling 310-Fire (3473).

Wildfire updates will be provided weekly when the wildfire danger is low to moderate and daily when the wildfire danger reaches high to extreme. If you have any questions in the meantime contact Wildfire Information Officer Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire in the Red Earth Creek area last night.The local fire department and wildland firefighters responded and quickly extinguished it.

SWF012 located in the Lesser Slave Provincial Park, south of the hamlet of Summerwood is under control. Firefighters have contained the spread and are working to extinguish it.The grass fire is 22.2 hectares in size and was caused by a power line.

SWF011 located 14 kilometres southeast of Kinuso is being held. Firefighters have laid hose around 80 per cent of the wildfire and are working to extinguish it. This wildfire was caused by an off-highway vehicle. When riding your off-highway vehicle stop frequently to remove the build-up of debris around your muffler and always carry firefighting equipment such as a shovel, extinguisher and water pail on your machine.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 13 wildfires which have burned 165.17 hectares. 

SWF099 located northeast of Chipewyan Lakes which occurred in 2021 remains under control and will be scanned for hotspots in the spring when the snow has melted.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 119 wildfires which burned a total of 266.96 hectares.  

For more information or to view the wildfires on a map, download the AB Wildfire App or visit Wildfire Status | AAF - Agriculture and Forestry (alberta.ca). 

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Firefighters burning 

Over the next several weeks, firefighters will be burning areas of dead dry grass around communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters conduct these burns under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and to minimize the impact of smoke to roadways and communities.

If you have any questions about these grass burns contact Wildfire Information Office Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.

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Winter Burning

Do your part to prevent spring wildfires by revisiting your winter burns to ensure they are extinguished. If fires aren’t properly put out, they can spread and burn underground, under the snow and ice, all winter. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires.

When checking your winter burns, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning. Douse any remaining hotspots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes.

For more information on brush pile and windrow safe burning practices click here.

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Wildfire Prevention

Spring is the time of year when wildfires are 100 per cent preventable. Most if not all of the wildfires we see at this time of year are human-caused. Please do your part to prevent wildfires this spring.

When riding your off-highway vehicle stop frequently to remove any build-up of debris from your machine. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can begin to smoulder and drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire. 

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*New* Fire Permit Portal

From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of outdoor burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta with the exception of a campfire for cooking or warming.Fire permits help ensure that when smoke or fire is reported, wildfire officials can determine whether this is a wildfire or a permitted burn.

Albertans living or recreating in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit using the new, convenient online fire permit portal.

Fire permits can also still be requested over the phone by calling your local forest area office.

Red Earth/Slave Lake (780) 849-7377 

High Prairie (780) 523-6619

Wabasca (780) 891-3860

Wildfire Dashboard

*New* Wildfire Dashboard

The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.

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Wildfire Information

Download the Alberta Wildfire 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 all on your mobile device.

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. 

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.

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Updates will be 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 April 27, 2022.

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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