The 2011 Wildfire

A story of regional crisis and recovery

Dense boreal forest adds to our region's rugged beauty. But it can also pose a danger to lives, homes and livelihoods when wind direction, moisture codes and other variables conspire.

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, conditions for disaster to strike could not have aligned with more devastating precision.

Ten-Year Wildfire Retrospective

A decade after one of Canada's worst natural disasters, the leaders of Lesser Slave River, Sawridge First Nation and the Town of Slave Lake sat down for a solemn look back at the devastation of the May 2011 wildfires, and a chat about how far their communities have come since that fateful day.

Vignette: Sawridge First Nation


Vignette: Lesser Slave River


Vignette: Town of Slave Lake

Disaster Timeline
Evacuation Efforts
Joint Emergency Ops
The Aftermath
First-Person Accounts
Lessons Learned

Welcome to Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton lies the remarkable region of Lesser Slave River. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound.

Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

Reeve Murray Kerik
Municipal District of Lesser Slave River no. 124

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