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News and Updates - Wildfire Information Updates

Posted on: May 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Danger Level for May 20th - LOW

Wildfire Danger- Low

The fire in the Kinuso area is an approved fire permit for essential agricultural burning. 

Wildfire Danger 

The wildfire danger is LOW in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Click here to view the wildfire danger map.

A fire ban and OHV restriction remain in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area. Implementing a fire ban and OHV restriction is part of a number of actions the department has introduced to help mitigate wildfire risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking action in advance to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires will allow Alberta Wildfire to make the best possible use of resources when the availability of firefighters could be reduced because of the pandemic.

Firefighters appreciate your cooperation with these measures and your efforts to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Weather

For today, the forecast is calling for a high of 14 degrees and winds from the northwest at 25 kilometres per hour. Light to moderate rain is expected. 

Wildfire Update - May 18, 2020- 10:30 am

On Saturday, firefighters fought the first lightning caused wildfire of the season.

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 21 wildfires which have burned a total of 12.12 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 216 wildfires burning a total of 177.41 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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