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Posted on: September 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update-September 23, 2022

Wildfire Danger- Very High

Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger is high/very high in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Postpone all burning today as winds will be gusting up to 45 kilometres per hour today.

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

Wildfire Situation 

There have been no new wildfires since September 16th. Firefighters continue to monitor the under control wildfires (SWF078 and SWF124). 

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 156 wildfires which have burned 2,069.07 hectares. 

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 1,120 wildfires which burned a total of 143,439.99 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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Prevent Wildfires

Please continue to be diligent in preventing wildfires this fall.

When using any type of machinery including off-highway vehicles take the following precautions:

  • Clear debris from moving parts.
  • Check your muffler.
  • Keep the equipment in good repair.
  • Avoid operating equipment in tall grass.
  • Keep watch of your surroundings.
  • Always carry firefighting equipment on board, a fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and a receptacle filled with at least five litres of water.  

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. 

When putting out your campfire:

  • Spread the embers within the fire pit, then add water or loose dirt and stir.
  • Expose any materials still burning, then add more water and stir again until you can no longer see smoke or steam.
  • Repeat until your campfire is cool to the touch. You should not be able to feel any heat from the ashes.

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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Wildfire Information

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.

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 September 24th.

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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