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Posted on: May 5, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 5th

Wildfire Danger- Extreme

Wildfire Danger May 6th

With very strong winds expected Thursday and Friday the wildfire danger will be EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area

Firefighters urge everyone to use caution. A fire will ignite easily and spread quickly under these dry and windy conditions. Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or text #FIRE on your cell phone.

Fire lookouts are watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, heavy equipment, helitankers and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

Fire Permit holders must postpone burning as the winds expected will exceed the safe burning conditions.

Weather

For both Thursday and early Friday winds are forecast to be from the southeast 35 gusting 50 - 70 kilometres per hour. Cooler temperatures and rain are expected late Friday afternoon through to Sunday.

Wildfire Situation

Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 18 wildfires which have burned 21.62 hectares.

Two of the wildfires that occurred yesterday were in dead grass and spread very quickly. Use caution as the dead grass is flammable. 

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

New Alberta Wildfire App

Did you know Alberta Wildfire just launched a brand new app to keep you up-to-date with the wildfire situation in the province? 

Download the new 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. 

Available for Apple and Android.

Fire Permits 

From now until October 31st, a fire permit is required for any burning, except a campfire, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

To request your free fire permit call your local Agriculture and Forestry office.

Red Earth/Slave Lake 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 permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

Pelican Mountain Prescribed Fire

During the 2021 wildfire season, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may be conducting one or more prescribed fires approximately 12.5 kilometres southwest of Sandy Lake. The exact location of the prescribed fire area is directly north of Kilometre 123 on the C-Road.

The prescribed fires will vary in size from 3 to 5 hectares and burning will take place when forecasted weather and on-the-ground conditions allow for a safe, controlled burn.

Smoke may be visible at times but will be localized and short lived. Public roads and highways are expected to remain open; however, traffic may be controlled. Watch for Prescribed Fire in Progress and Smoke signage near the area

Wildfire Information

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Updates are 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 May 6th, 2021.

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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