Leader staff

It was a slow week on the forest protection side of things last week – just the way most people prefer it. The fire hazard went from high to low, and the number of new fires was very small.

However, lightning season kicked off with a few bangs, and at least one fire was started by a strike. The 26th fire in the Slave Lake Forest Area started north of Utikuma Lake on the night of May 24. It was the first lightning-caused fire of the season and didn’t get very far. The next day it was being held, at .2 hectares.

It was one of two fires that started that evening; the other was a small grass fire near Grouard, which was quickly extinguished.

So far this season, 26 fires have burned 167 hectares in the Slave Lake forest area.

The season’s first wildfire caused by lightning in the district didn’t leave much of this tree, but it also didn’t spread very far.
Photo courtesy of Alberta Wildfire