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Posted on: October 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update-Fire Advisory In Effect - October 20, 2022

Wildfire Danger- Extreme

Wildfire Danger 

  

Due to strong and gusty winds the wildfire danger will be extreme in the Slave Lake Forest Area   for today.  

  

Winds are expected to be gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour. 

Firefighters urge everyone to postpone any burning and 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).

Smoky Conditions

Smoke from wildfires in Grande Prairie and British Columbia will drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area. If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811.Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast.

Photo: SWF170 Abandoned campfire located on Mooney Creek Road south of Slave Lake.

Photo: SWF169 Burning without a fire permit located north of Prairie Echo.

Wildfire Situation

There were two new wildfires yesterday. SWF170 and SWF169 were human-caused – burning without a fire permit and an abandoned campfire. Firefighters extinguished the abandoned campfire and the fire permit related wildfire is under control and has been turned over to the landowner who is responsible to extinguish it. The total area burned of both wildfires was 1.01 hectares.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 170 wildfires which have burned 2,075.08 hectares.

Since January 1st, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 1,20wildfires which burned a total of 152,943.19 hectares.  

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

Prevent Wildfires

Under the dry conditions this fall, any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire. Please remain vigilant this fall and do your part to prevent wildfires.

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.

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Fire Advisory 2

A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area due to above seasonal temperatures with dry and windy conditions

Under this advisory:
 Permits for heavy fuels (brush piles, windrows, etc.) are suspended and will not be reissued until conditions improve. All other permits remain effective and new permits for lighter fuels will be considered on a site-by-site basis.
 
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. 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. 

Click here to view a map of the affected areas.

  

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 October 21st.

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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