Cool and wet means low risk

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

The wildfire danger was low for the Slave Lake Forest Area at press time.

Wildfire Information Officer Shawna Lund said late last week there was rain forecasted for the Slave Lake Forest Area which could cause a downgrade in the hazard level, but until that rain falls, the hazard would remain very high.

There have been zero new wildfires in the past 24 hours in the Slave Lake Forest Area, according to the most recent report at press time.

Lund 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 and when you leave.

Lund 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.

Lund 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.

Since March 1st, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 156 wildfires which have burned 6,894.29 hectares.

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

Lund 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.

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