Slave Lake Area Wildfire Update

Slave Lake Forest Area - May 30th 1:00 pm - Extreme - Alberta Emergency Alert Information

Posted on Thu, May 30, 2019

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As of May 30th at 1:00 pm

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 Alert has been issued for the evacuation of Marten Beach and Lesser Slave Provincial Park. Visit www.mdlsr.ca for information.

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

An Alberta Emergency Information Alert has been issued for Trout Lake Community. Visit www.ptfn.net for information.

Wildfire Situation as of May 30th 10:00am

McMillan wildfire number 49 did experience significant growth yesterday and last night. It has spread south of highway 754. The Maria Lake wildfire number 69 is expected to burn into the McMillan wildfire. With the gusty north winds today, the wildfires are expected to spread.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Wildfire danger

The wildfire danger remains EXTREME for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area. Strong gusty winds are expected. 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.

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.

Wildfire information

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.

Slave Lake Forest Area wildfire stats

There are three new wildfires this morning east of Maria Lake wildfire. The wildfires are 1-20 hectares in size.

Since the start of the wildfire season on March 1st, there have been 79 wildfires and 81,827 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 Thursday the high will be 20 degrees and winds will be from the north 20 kilometres per hour gusting up to 40.

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.