OHV ban lifted – May 22

Leader staff

The OHV ban in the Slave Lake Forest Area has been lifted, says the May 22 Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire update. The fire danger is low. The Alberta-wide fire ban remains in effect.

OHV riders should remember that:

  • OHV mufflers and exhaust pipes can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius. This superheat grass and other debris. When it falls off, this can case a wildfire.
  • It is crucial to stop and check your OHV and the ground for any debris that may have fallen.
  • Before you ride, clean built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
  • Always carry a fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.

In the Forest Protection area, the fire ban prohibits outdoor wood fires, backyard fire pits, and barbecues with charcoal briquettes. The following is allowed. Propane barbecues, CSA approved oil devices, and indoor wood fires.

There isn’t a fire ban in the Town of Slave Lake.

Wildfire Update – May 22, 2020- 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, May 20, a new wildfire started in the Wabasca area. The Bigstone Fire Department and Alberta Wildfire extinguished this small wildfire.

Since March 1 in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 23 wildfires which have burned a total of 256.01 hectares.

The McMillan Wildfire which occurred during the 2019 wildfire season, remains under control and will be infrared scanned this spring.

Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, there have been 235 wildfires burning a total of 424 hectares.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

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