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Posted on: June 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update

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Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger has climbed to very high/extreme in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Click here to view the map for June 3rd.

Warm dry weather and strong gusty winds are expected for Friday. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the forest and grassy areas. A fire will ignite easily and spread quickly under the windy conditions.

Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473). 

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A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area.  

  

Visit www.albertafirebans.ca to view a map of the  area affected. 

  

Under this advisory: 

  

Due to the increasing wildfire danger and the forecast weather, a fire advisory has been put into place that suspends all existing fire permits excluding burn barrels, incinerators and smoke houses. 

  

No new fire permits will be issued until conditions improve and the advisory is lifted. Essential burning activity may be permitted at the discretion of a forest officer. 

  

Prohibited: 

Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited. 

  

Allowed: 

Safe wood campfires * 

Backyard fire pits 

Portable propane fire pits 

Gas or propane stoves and barbecues 

Catalytic or infrared-style heaters 

  

*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. 

They are required to: 

a)    be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire; 

b)    have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving; 

c)    have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and 

d)    Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements. 

  

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE. 

  

The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for more information. 

Weather

Warm and dry weather is expected for the next several days. For Friday, the forecast is calling for temperatures of 24 degrees and winds from the southeast 20 gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour. 

Crossover conditions are also expected. Crossover conditions occur when the relative humidity is equal to or less than the temperature. Under crossover conditions a fire will ignite easily and burn vigorously. 

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On Alert

Fire lookouts are on high alert watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

Wildfire Situation

There was one new wildfire today. SWF030 was small and quickly extinguished by firefighters. 

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

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 30 wildfires which have burned 168.49 hectares. 

SWF011 located in the Prichuck Hill area from early this spring is under control and will be scanned for hotspots. This 136.6 hectare grass fire was caused by an off-highway vehicle.

SWF099 located northeast of Chipewyan Lakes which occurred in 2021 remains under control and will be scanned for hotspots.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 373 wildfires which burned a total of 638.94 hectares.  

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 Prevent Wildfires

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.

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.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. 

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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 3rd, 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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