Wildfire Information

Wildfire Information

The wildfire season in Alberta officially starts March 1 and runs until October 31 each year.

Fire Permits

From March 1 to October 31, a fire permit is required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire. Fire permits help ensure that when smoke or fire is reported, firefighters can determine whether this is a wildfire or a permitted burn.

Fire permits are free and now available online. Visit firepermits.alberta.ca to request yours. You’ll need a MyAlberta Digital ID to request a permit, so be sure to sign-up online at account.alberta.ca/signup first. 

Fire permits are also still available, by request, from your local Forest Area Office. 

Wabasca 780-891-3860 

Slave Lake 780-849-7377

High Prairie 780-523-6619

For more details about safe burning practices, see Safe burning.


Winter Burning


Although fire permits are not required outside of the wildfire season, you are still responsible for any fires you ignite. Before March 1st go back and check you winter burns to make sure they are extinguished. 


A fire lit in the winter can burn under the snow and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring when conditions are warm and dry. Report your winter burn locations by calling 780-849-7457. 

Where can I get information on wildfires burning in the area?

Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update

Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard

AB Wildfire Status App

Alberta Wildfire Website

 Download the free Alberta Wildfire App for your mobile devices. Android or IPhone/IPad

Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.

Like the Alberta Wildfire Info Facebook page or follow on Twitter @ABGovWildfire.

Contact Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Information Officer

Leah Lovequist - Wildfire Information Officer

Cell: 780-849-0945
 Email: Leah.Lovequist@gov.ab.ca

Information line:  1-866-FYI-FIRE

Where can I get information on fire bans?
http://www.albertafirebans.ca to check for any fire restrictions or bans in your area and in Alberta's Provincial Parks.

How can I prepare for the possibility of a wildfire in my area?

 Visit Wildfire preparedness | Alberta.ca 

Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app to receive critical, life-saving alerts.

How do I report a wildfire?

Call 310-FIRE (3473)

Emergency Numbers:

Forest Fire - Toll Free:  310-FIRE (3473)
 Telus Mobility:   #3473

Report a Poacher - Toll Free: 1 800 642-3800
 Telus Mobility:    #3800

 Environmental Hotline    1-800-222-6514