Rainy weekend puts fire hazard down where it belongs

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Rain over the July 21 weekend has brought relief to the wildfire danger in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Leah Lovequist, the Wildfire Information Officer for the Slave Lake Forest area, says in spite of the low hazard, people should be cautious when using fire in the forested areas and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

One fire flared up on July 19, but did not amount to much.

The forecast (as of Monday morning) was calling for showers on Tuesday in the region, with warmer and sunnier conditions as the week progresses.

Lovequist says fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area. A campfire for cooking or warming does not need a fire permit. Fire permit holders must follow the conditions on the fire permit.

Firefighters with helicopters and air tankers fought 10 new wildfires the night of July 18. Lovequist reported the wildfires ranged in size from 0.01 to 1.5 hectares and firefighters with helicopters were working to contain and extinguish them.

All those fires had been extinguished within a few days, leaving only one active fire in the whole district. Slave Lake Wildfire number 94, located 23 kilometres east of Chipewyan Lake is still being held says, Lovequist.

Since March 1, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 117 wildfires, which have burned 6,534.14 hectares.

Currently, there are no fire bans or advisories in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

For up-to-date information on fire bans in Alberta, visit albertafirebans.ca, or download the free Alberta Fire Bans App for Apple or Android devices.

Slave Lake Wildfire number 106 was sparked by lightning on July 18 at 4:52 p.m. It was extinguished July 19 at 3:00 p.m.

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