The MD lies within the boundaries of two different Forest Protection Areas: the Lac La Biche Forest Protection Area and the Slave Lake Forest Protection Area. The Lac La Biche Forest Protection Area refers to any MD land located south of the Athabasca River, and the Slave Lake Forest Protection Area refers to MD land to the river's north.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROVINCIAL FIRE RESTRICTIONS, CLICK HERE FOR A FOREST PROTECTION AREA MAP OR CALL 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).
This department is comprised of three primary sections: Bylaw Enforcement, Protective Services and Animal Control. Together, these departments serve the community by providing health and safety, animal control, enforcement of provincial statutes and municipal bylaws, emergency management, education, prevention and cooperative support with local RCMP and other government agencies.

Contact Information


Barry Kolenosky
Director of Rural Special Projects

Email barry.kolenosky (@) mdlsr.ca
Phone 780.849.4888
Toll-Free 1.866.449.4888
Fax 780.849.4939

Find Updates on the Following Alberta Wildfire Websites

Slave Lake Forest Area

Slave Lake Forest Area

Get the latest Slave Lake forest area updates from Alberta Wildfire.

Lac La Biche Forest Area

Lac La Biche Forest Area

Get the latest Lac La Biche forest area updates from Alberta Wildfire.

Alberta Fire Bans

Alberta Fire Bans

An interactive map of fire bans from the Government of Alberta.

Expect the best...but plan for the worst.

OUR PROXIMITY TO DENSELY FORESTED AREAS CAN POSE A THREAT TO CITIZENS WHEN CONDITIONS CONSPIRE. HERE ARE THREE SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO SAFEGUARD YOUR FAMILY.

1

Get on the Grid

Make sure your contact details are on file with the MD’s Emergency Notification System so you can receive critical alerts.

2

Be in the Know

Monitor local radio stations like Lake FM (92.7) for breaking news or important instructions related to an emergency event.

3

Use the Wildfire App

Download the free Albert Wildfire App for Apple or Android devices to receive real-time alerts on wildfires in Lesser Slave River.

When Evacuation Becomes Necessary

The boreal region of Lesser Slave River is certainly beautiful. However, the proximity of many communities to forested areas can pose a threat to lives, homes and livelihoods when certain conditions conspire. Here are a few steps to follow when evacuation due to an emergency situation becomes necessary.

Know the location of the evacuation center closest to your community. There are several throughout the community, and they are listed in the Emergency section of mdlsr.ca.
Create your own 72-hour emergency kit to ensure you have certain necessities at a moment’s notice. A checklist can be found in the Emergency section of mdlsr.ca.
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