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Posted on: July 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update- July 12

Wildfire Danger- High

The wildfire located 22 kilometres southeast of Slave Lake is now under control – 100% contained. Black smoke will be visible for the next few hours from the flare stack on the site.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile:780-849-0945

Email: leah.lovequist@gov.ab.ca


Wildfire Danger 

Due to the strong and gusty winds occurring today, the wildfire danger is  HIGH in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Everyone including fire permit holders should postpone burning as the winds exceed safe burning conditions.

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the forested areas. Under the dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly with the gusty winds. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473). 

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

 

Wildfire Situation 

There was one new wildfire yesterday afternoon. Firefighters quickly contained and have extinguished the 0.5 hectare powerline caused wildfire.

SWF035 located 30 kilometers west of Chipewyan Lakes is under control at 262.50 hectares. Firefighters are closely monitoring the wildfire and it will be infrared scanned when conditions allow.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 54 wildfires which have burned 442.93 hectares. 

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 562 wildfires which burned a total of 67,363.32 hectares.  

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

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Fire Permits 

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 by calling your local Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development Office.

Red Earth/Slave Lake (780) 849-7377

High Prairie (780) 523-6619

Wabasca (780) 891-3860

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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. Always carry firefighting equipment - a shovel, extinguisher and bucket when you ride.

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.

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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 July 12th.

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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