A warm weathered autumn has made for a high wildfire danger!

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

The wildfire danger is high for the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Wildfire Information Officer Tanis Blocka says there is rain forecasted for the Slave Lake Forest Area which could cause a downgrade in the hazard level, but until that rain falls, the hazard will remain very high.

Blocka says under these dry conditions a wildfire will ignite easily and spread very quickly. Use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

Fire permit holders must follow the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.

A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit. Never leave a burning campfire unattended when you leave.

Blocka says always make sure your campfire is out, soak it with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again.

A campfire is out when the ashes are cold to the touch.

Blocka says for up to date information on the wildfire situation subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update and download the free Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android devices.

There have been no new wildfires in the past 24 hours in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Since March 1st, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 163 wildfires which have burned 6,861.31 hectares.

To view a map of wildfires in Alberta, please Visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

Blocka says smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia has drifted into the Slave Lake Forest Area.

If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. Visit firesmoke.ca to view the most current smoke forecast.

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

Grass burning in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

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