The wildfire danger continues to be VERY HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area.
For June 8th strong gusty winds are expected and there is high chance of lightning for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area.
Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the forest and grassy areas. Under the dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly with the strong winds expected.
Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473).
A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area.
Visit www.albertafirebans.ca to view a map of the area affected.
There have been no new wildfires today.
Photo: SWF035 located 30 kilometres west of Chipewyan Lakes. June 6th at 4:00 pm
SWF035 located 30 kilometres west of Chipewyan Lakes was spotted late Saturday afternoon. The lightning caused wildfire is classified as out of control and is 262.50 hectares in size. Firefighters and helicopters with buckets have contained 25 per cent of the wildfire and it did not experience any growth today. There are 45 firefighters with five helicopters working on this wildfire. An additional eight firefighters are en route tomorrow. No communities are being threatened.
To view the wildfire 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 38 wildfires which have burned 431.47 hectares.
Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 405 wildfires which burned a total of 10,099.88 hectares.
This evening isolated thunderstorms are expected for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area.
For Wednesday, the forecast is calling for temperatures of 23-24 degrees and winds from the southeast 15 gusting up to 45 kilometres per hour. There is a chance of thunderstorms with lightning for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area.
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.
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.
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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 9th.
If you have any questions please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer