The fire hazard took a nosedive last week, and it was probably good that it did. Lightning storms that passed through the area over the preceding days had sparked several fires, and the wet, cool weather helped in suppression efforts.
It also induced authorities to lift the ‘fire advisory,’ meaning burning permits are being issued again (unless the situation changed again between press time and publication).
One of the lightning-started fires was by the south end of Nipisi Lake, about five kilometres east of Hwy. 88. It was being held at 30 hectares as of the morning of Aug. 2.
The fire near Peerless Lake is now rated as under control. It never got to be very large, but its proximity to the community had been causing some concern. A guard had been completed around the four hectares of the fire.
The fire that started on July 17 northeast of Chipewyan Lake has been contained, at 1,336 ha. Infrared scanning of the interior for hot spots, was still to be done at the last report.
Since Jan. 1, the Slave Lake Forest Area has seen 102 wildfires, which have burned just over 1,900 hectares. Provincially, the numbers are (or were, as of early last week) 757 fires and 105,732 ha.