The wildfire danger has climbed to moderate/high in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the forest and grassy areas. Warm weather has dried up the moisture and the dry vegetation will ignite easily. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
For today, the forecast is calling for temperatures of 21-22 degrees and winds from the northeast 5-10 kilometres per hour. There is a chance of thundershowers with lightning for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.
Warm and dry weather is expected for the next several days.
Fire lookouts are watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.
There was one new wildfire yesterday.SWF027 was a small grass fire and it was quickly extinguished.It was caused by a powerline.
Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 27 wildfires which have burned 167.23 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 360 wildfires which burned a total of 504.51 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).
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, firefighters 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 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
The majority of wildfires so far this season have been human caused. Human caused wildfires are preventable. When working or recreating in the outdoors please do your part to prevent wildfires.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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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 June 2nd, 2022.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer