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SLAVE LAKE – EXTREME

EXTREME in the Slave Lake Forest Area. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution as under these dry and windy conditions a fire will ignite easily and spread quickly.Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE or #FIRE on your cell phone. Forecasted Fire Danger – June 3Fire Advisory 1A fire advisory is in effect for the Slave Lake Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds.Under this advisory:· Existing fire permits are still valid.· New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.Prohibited:· Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for a map of the affected area. Prevent WildfiresAll of the wildfires so far this season in the Slave Lake Forest Area have been human-caused. Please do your part to prevent wildfires.If you plan to use an OHV remember to stop often and check hot spots. Debris can heat up, drop to the ground and start a wildfire.When having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. When you are leaving your site or headed to bed, your campfire must be extinguished. Soak it, stir up the ashes, soak it again to ensure it is out.On AlertFire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke and firefighters in helicopters, airtankers and heavy equipment are ready to respond to any new wildfires that may start.WeatherFor today the maximum temperature will be 24 degrees and winds will be from the west 25 gusting up to 45 kilometres per hour. There is a good chance of lightning for areas north of Lesser Slave Lake.Crossover conditions will be experienced. Crossover is the point at which the relative humidity is less than or equal to the temperature and it is an indicator of extreme burning conditions.Wildfire SituationWildland firefighters assisted the High Prairie Fire Department in fighting a fire south of the town yesterday afternoon. Since March 1st in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 44 wildfires which have burned 34.53 hectares.For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

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