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Posted on: May 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Danger Level for May 14th - High

Wildfire Danger- High

Wildfire Danger

Temperatures are cooler and some snow did fall in northern areas. The wildfire danger remains HIGH for areas around and south of Lesser Slave Lake. For the northern and western areas that received snow the wildfire danger is MODERATE.

Dead grass is a fine fire fuel. Any moisture that fell on the dead grass will dry up quickly with sun and warm temperatures.Firefighters urge everyone to continue to use caution in areas with dead grass, When the dead grass is dry it will ignite easily and a wildfire will spread quickly. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3743).

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

Weather

The forecast for today is calling for a high of 7 degrees and winds from the northwest up to 15 kilometres per hour. 

Wildfire Update - May 14, 2020

Two new wildfires were detected yesterday afternoon in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Both have been extinguished. This season we have seen several vehicle caused grass fires. When heading out this long weekend please ensure that your vehicle is in good mechanical condition and walk around vehicle and trailer to ensure chains are properly attached.

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 19 wildfires which have burned a total of 3.67 hectares. 

The McMillan Wildfire which occurred during the 2019 wildfire season, remains under control and will be infrared scanned this spring.

Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 156 wildfires burning a total of 93.13 hectares.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

Firefighters burning grass

Over the next several weeks, firefighters will be burning areas of dry grass in and around many communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. These burns are conducted by trained firefighters and under specific conditions to ensure they are controlled and to minimize smoke. Spring grass burning lessens the risk of human–caused fires and helps protect homes and communities from future wildfires.

If you have any questions please call Wildfire Information Officer Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945.

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