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Posted on: May 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Danger Level for May 31st - VERY HIGH

Wildfire Danger- Very High

Wildfire danger 

Rain is expected today however until rain is on the ground the wildfire danger will remain VERY HIGH for areas around and south of Lesser Slave Lake and around Wabasca. To view the wildfire danger map click here.

A wildfire will spread quickly under the windy conditions today. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. Fire lookouts are watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

Weather

The high for today will be 22 degrees and winds will be northwest 25 gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour. Rain is expected across the area starting late this afternoon.

Wildfire update - May 31, 2020- 10:00 am

No new wildfires were detected on Saturday.

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 25 wildfires which have burned a total of 256.13 hectares. 

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

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

Fire Advisory - FB

Fire advisory in effect

A fire advisory is in effect for the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.This fire advisory will reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.

Allowed:

  • safe wood campfires
  • backyard fire pits
  • charcoal briquette barbecues
  • use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
  • catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • safe burning with a fire permit
  • recreational off-highway vehicle use

Prohibited:

  • burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
  • unattended or unsafe campfires

Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area. Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for information.

Fire permit

In the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, a fire permit is required for all types of burning, except for a cooking or warming fire.Please note that fire permits may not be issued as usual under a fire advisory.To request your free fire permit call your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.

Slave Lake/Red Earth/Peerless/Trout 780-849-7377

Wabasca 780-891-3860

High Prairie 780-523-6619

Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you’re burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a fire permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

Firefighters thank you for doing your part to prevent wildfires.

Campfire Ad HI RES

Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on June 1st.

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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