Pelican Mountain Prescribed Fire

What's Happening?

In the spring of 2017, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be conducting a prescribed fire approximately 12.5 kilometers southwest of Sandy Lake. The exact location of the prescribed fire is directly north of km 123 on the C–Road.

The size of the burn will be five hectares and burning will take place over the course of one day. The burn will commence in sections and only when forecasted weather and on-the-ground conditions allow for a safe, controlled burn. Smoke will be visible at times but will be localized and short lived.

There will be 48 firefighters, four helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment working on this fire.

Restrictions and Closures

During operations, the area immediately adjacent to the prescribed fire will be closed to public access. Public roads and highways are expected to remain open however traffic may be controlled. Watch for prescribed fire in progress and smoke signage near the area.


Multiple prescribed fires are planned for this area and will occur over the next ten years. The purpose of these prescribed fires is to examine fire behaviour in various FireSmart treatments.

Research Partners

Special thanks to our Research Partners:

  • Bigstone Cree Nation
  • Municipal District of Opportunity #17
  • Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science
  • FPInnovations
  • McMaster University
  • University of Toronto
  • Alberta Pacific Forest Industries
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

Contact Information

Leah Lovequist, Wildfire Information Officer
Slave Lake Forest Area

Updated: Dec 7, 2017