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Sunday, May 29, 2011

An Update from the Government

In the Lesser Slave Area the fire hazard is EXTREME. Please use extreme caution when working or playing in the forest. In anticipation of new wilfire starts, additional firefighters and firefighting resources will be put on alert.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS


Sustainable Resource Development would like to welcome residents back to the Slave Lake. What can you expect to see or smell when you return home?
You may see smouldering fires and firefighters working near homes.
These fires are contained, what does that mean?
Although you may see smouldering spots in the area, the fire boundaries aren't expected to grow. Firefighters are monitoring these areas and are working to extinguish these spots.
Use caution when calling 310-FIRE (3473) to report smokes as false alarms draw much needed firefighting resources away from new wildfire starts.


Residents who have returned to Slave Lake are reminded to stay away from the forested areas where the fire has burnt. There are many dangerous hazards in these areas, so please steer clear to ensure your safety and the safety of the firefighters working in the area.


Wildfire Update


Slave Lake Fire - This wildfire is 100 per cent contained, meaning it has received sufficient firefighting action and will not grow. It remains 4,559 hectares in size. Expect to see some smoke around the area, mainly between Highway 2 and 88. Heavy equipment and firefighters will be working in that area to extinguish deep burning ground fire.


South Shore Fire This wildfire is 100 per cent contained, meaning it has received sufficient firefighting action and will not grow. It is 18,939 hectares in size. Today, firefighters saw smoke in areas that were well in the fire boundary. Firefighters and helicopters worked on extinguishing the smouldering fires in these areas.


Gift Lake Fire (Fire 080) The wildfire located south of Gift Lake is 100 per cent contained. Firefighters continued to extinguished smouldering fires within the fire perimeter. It is 2, 238 hectares in size.


Please call 310-4455 toll free for information on wildfires, evacuations, road closures and fire bans. For updates on the wildfires, check out the Alberta Wildfire Info page on Facebook


For infomation on the wildfires in Slave Lake, Gift Lake and Red Earth call 1-866-916-INFO

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