Fire Update - June 1, 2019

Slave Lake Area Update

Slave Lake Forest Area - June 1 - Extreme - New Map of Wildfires

Posted on Sat, Jun 01, 2019

Keep up to date by downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert App or visit www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca

An Alberta Emergency Alert has been issued for  the mandatory evacuation of the Trout Lake Community. Visit www.ptfn.net for information.

An Alberta Emergency Alert has been issued for the mandatory evacuation of Chipewyan Lakes, the Hamlet of Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation. Click here to view the Alberta Emergency Alert.

An Alberta Emergency Information Alert has been issued for an immediate evacuation of Marten Beach. Visit www.mdlsr.ca for information. Lesser Slave Provincial Park is closed. Visit www.albertaparks.ca

An Alberta Emergency Information Alert has been issued for Town of Slave Lake. Click here for information.

For road conditions visit www.511.alberta.ca

Smoky conditions

Smoke will continue to drift into the Slave Lake Forest Area over the next several days.

If you experience respiratory difficulties, visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit www.firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast.

Click here for Alberta Health Services Information about Wildfire Smoke.

 

Wildfire Update McMillan Complex June 1 at 1:00 pm

McMillan Wildfire Complex

Overall these wildfires experienced minimal growth yesterday. Some growth did occur on the west side of SWF-069.

Firefighters are supporting dozers, ignition specialists on the west side of Wabasca. Structural Protection Branch continues with operations. 

Five kilometers of dozer guard are completed on the west side of Wabasca. Dozers continue to secure the east to west flank on the south side of SWF-049.

The wildfires are: 

  • 6.1 and 4.5 kilometres west of Wabasca No. 166B and 166D

  • 26.5 kilometres northeast of Marten Beach

  • 33.5 kilometres northeast of Slave Lake

  • 9.3 kilometres southeast of Trout Lake

SWF-049 is 155,968 hectares and is classified as out of control.

SWF-050 did not grow and remains being held at 1,457 hectares.

SWF-069 (formerly Maria Lake Wildfire) is 58,579 hectares and is classified as out of control.

SWF-078 is 162 hectares and is classified as out of control.

SWF-079 is 355 hectares and is classified as out of control.

SWF-078 and SWF-079 started on May 30th and today they have been added to the McMillan Wildfire Complex.

There are 346 firefighters and support staff, 24 helicopters, airtankers, and 60 pieces of heavy equipment fighting this wildfire.

Click here for the most recent map of these wildfires. 

Wildfire danger

The wildfire danger remains EXTREME for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area. Under these dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly. Smoky conditions in the Slave Lake Forest Area will persist over the next several days. Click here to view the wildfire danger map.

Firefighters are urging everyone to use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone.

A Fire Ban/OHV Restriction is in effect for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area. The goal of the ban and restriction is to reduce human caused wildfires which keeps our firefighters focused on the current wildfires and new wildfire starts. Firefighters thank you for your cooperation. 

To view a map of the fire ban/OHV restriction visit www.albertafirebans.ca

To view a fact sheet on the OHV restriction click here

To view a fact sheet on the fire ban click here.

New Wildfire Starts

There are two new wildfires so far today. Both are small and firefighters are working to extinguish them.

Since the start of the wildfire season on March 1st, there have been 83 wildfires and 216,542 hectares burned in the Slave Lake Forest Area. 

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

Weather

For today the temperature will be 25 degrees and winds will be from the southeast 20 kilometres per hour. The wind will shift to southwest 15-20 kilometres per hour.

Wildfire information available

Wildfire information booths have been set up in the community of Calling Lake and at the Walmart in Slave Lake. Current wildfire information and maps will be provided. 

Download the app

Download the free Alberta Wildfire app and click on the Slave Lake label to view the wildfire update for the Slave Lake Forest Area. To subscribe to the wildfire update click here, enter your email and choose instant. 

On high alert

Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, various pieces of heavy equipment and airtankers are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.

FIRE BAN AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTRICTION IN EFFECT 

A fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction is in effect for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area and other parts of Alberta. 

The Town of Slave Lake, Big Lakes County and Town of High Prairie have issued a fire ban and OHV restriction.

To view a map of the fire ban/OHV restriction area visit www.albertafirebans.ca

To view a fact sheet on the OHV restriction click here

To view a fact sheet on the fire ban click here.

Prohibited

• All open fires including campfires in campgrounds, back country and random camping areas and backyard fire pits.

• Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.

• Fireworks and exploding targets.

• The use of off-highway vehicles for recreational use on all public lands.

Allowed

• Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified.

• Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating.

• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.

• OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands.

The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

If you have any questions please contact:

Leah Lovequist

Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-849-0945

Email:leah.lovequist@gov.ab.ca

Keep up to date on the wildfire situation by subscribing to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update or download the free Alberta Wildfire app for Apple or Android devices.