Leader staff

Fire season isn’t over. Last week, for example, two new wildfires were reported in the Slave Lake Forest Area.

Both were started on private land and were brought under control before being turned over to the landowners to put the finishing touches on the effort.

One of the fires was in the Red Earth Creek area. According to information provided by the Wildfire Information Officer, it was caused by “a landowner burning outside the safe burning conditions on the fire permit.” In other words, when it was dry and windy. The wind caused the fire to spread and the experts had to be called in.

It’s important, says the news release, to keep an eye on the weather forecast. Even if it’s calm when you start your brushpiles on fire, it may not last. That’s what happened in the Red Earth case.

Also in the Sept. 30 release was news of a fire that has been smouldering in the area of Chipewyan Lake for quite some time. Because it didn’t threaten any “communities or resources,” it was allowed to burn. It was last measured at 5,960 hectares.

Since the start of fire season there have been 158 fires in the Slave Lake Forest Area, burning just under 6,300 hectares.
Permits are required for anything other than a campfire up to Oct. 31.

The 157th fire of the season in the Slave Lake Forest Area was near Red Earth Creek, a result of burning on private land getting away.