The wildfire season in Alberta officially starts March 1 and runs until October 31 each year.
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.
Slave Lake 780-849-7377
High Prairie 780-523-6619
For more details about safe burning practices, see Safe 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?
Subscribe to the Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Update to receive an email when new information is posted.
Contact Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Information Officer
Leah Lovequist - Wildfire Information Officer
Information line: 1-866-FYI-FIRE
Where can I get information on fire bans?
Visit 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?
Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app to receive critical, life-saving alerts.
How do I report a wildfire?
Call 310-FIRE (3473)
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
- MD of Opportunity No. 17 Wildfire Mitigation Strategy (2012)
- Sandy Lake Wildfire Preparedness Guide (2012)
- Peerless Lake Wildfire Preparedness Guide (2012)
- Calling Lake FireSmart Work priorities (2013)
- Calling Lake FireSmart Plan (2008)
- Chipewyan Lake Wildfire Preparedness Guide (2012)
- Red Earth Wildfire Preparedness Guide (2012)