MD Moves to Enhanced Wildfire Readiness

As a proactive measure in response to present conditions and weather forecasting, the MD is moving to an enhanced wildfire readiness stage. Accordingly, the MD urges residents and visitors alike to remain particularly vigilant in their wildfire awareness, and to comply with the Fire Restriction that remains in effect.

Enhanced readiness includes, among other activities, the strategic deployment of water tanks in the communities of Marten Beach, Bayer Road, and other predetermined locations. These tanks act as backup systems to be used in conjunction with regular water infrastructure in case of an emergency. In the event that hydrants lose pressure or water access, the water in these tanks can be accessed to feed sprinkler systems and fire trucks.

In addition to water tank deployment, Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service and Alberta Wildfire have strategically placed aircraft, firefighters and heavy equipment throughout the region to quickly respond to any wildfire events that may occur.

Fire Restriction Remains in Effect

Lack of rain and hot dry weather has caused the wildfire danger to climb to extreme levels in the Slave Lake Forest Area, Lac La Biche Forest Area and across the province. A Fire Restriction remains in effect for the MD of Lesser Slave River. Under the Fire Restriction, all fire permits have been suspended, and the use of fireworks and exploding targets is strictly prohibited. For a full list of current restrictions, consult the Slave Lake Forest Area and/or Lac La Biche Forest Area.

Stay Informed

The Fire Restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve. To stay up to date on any regional wildfire dangers, you may wish to download the new Alberta Wildfire app. You can also visit to view details and the map of the Fire Restriction. As always, any substantive wildfire updates are posted to the MD website and social media channels.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and vigilance during wildfire season.

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