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Posted on: June 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Wildfire Danger Level for June 15th - LOW

Wildfire Danger- Low

Due to rain, the wildfire danger has been reduced to LOW in the Slave Lake Forest Area.To view the wildfire danger map click here.

Weather

Rain is expected to continue into the afternoon. The forecast is calling for warm and sunny weather on Tuesday and a chance of rain for Wednesday.

On Alert

Over the coming days, we may some new wildfires because of the amount of lightning that has occurred in the area. Fire lookouts are watching for smoke and firefighters and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

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Photo: SWF-038 June 14th at 6:30 pm. Lightning-caused wildfire south of Assineau. 

Wildfire update - June 15, 2020- 11:00 am

There were two new wildfires detected over the weekend. One wildfire was the result of a landowner burning without a fire permit and the other was caused by lightning. The lightning-caused wildfire located south of Assineau is being held at 3.3 hectares.There are 20 firefighters working to extinguish it.

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 38 wildfires which have burned a total of 260.51 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.

To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (3473).

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.

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Unless conditions change you can expect your next wildfire update on June 22nd.

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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