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Posted on: August 17, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update- August 17th

Wildfire Danger- High

Wildfire Danger  

The wildfire danger has climbed to high in the  Slave Lake Forest Area.

The warm and windy weather has caused the forest and grassy areas to become dry. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors. Under the dry conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE(3473). 


On Alert

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 have been no new wildfires since August 13th.

SWF078 remains under control. SWF090 and SWF101 have been extinguished.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 109 wildfires which have burned 1,901.36 hectares. 

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 837 wildfires which burned a total of 107,570.48 hectares.  

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


Currently there are no restrictions in place for the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Before traveling elsewhere in Alberta, please check to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

You can also download the free Alberta Fire Bans App on your mobile device.

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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

In Alberta 55 per cent of wildfires 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.


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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 August 18th.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer




Emergency Preparation

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