Wildfire danger sitting at moderate for the Slave Lake Area

Callie Hermanson
lakeside Leader

Warm temperatures and wind caused the wildfire danger to climb to high for the Slave Lake Forest Area late last week. But rain on the weekend brought it down to low and moderate as of Monday morning.

There is a wildfire located 23 kilometres east of Chipewyan Lake (Slave Lake Wildfire number 94). The fire experienced some growth early last week.

Airtankers were successful in containing the spread and firefighters are working to extinguish the smouldering ground fires. The wildfire is being held.

Wildfire Information Officer Leah Lovequist explains being held means the wildfire is not expected to grow based on the current weather and the firefighting efforts being applied.

Lovequist says wildfires will ignite easily and spread quickly under these dry conditions. She recommends that people use caution and report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473). Fire permits are required for any type of burning except a campfire. A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit.

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

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 device.

Since March 1, in the Slave Lake Forest Area, there have been 105 wildfires, which have burned 6,534.99 hectares. If you have any questions call Lovequist at 780-849-0945.

Slave Lake Wildfire number 94 on Monday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m.

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