Alberta wildfire officials say local and provincial wildland firefighters continue to battle a blaze west of Slave Lake. 

An update from the province yesterday says the fire about eight kilometres southeast of Kinuso was about 15 kilometres in size, but was being held and was not threatening homes or communities at the time.

The cause was still under investigation. An airtanker was in use and helicopters were bucketing hotspots. 

Over the next several weeks, firefighters will be burning areas of dead dry grass around communities in the Slave Lake Forest Area. 

Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel.

Trained firefighters conduct these burns under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and to minimize the impact of smoke to roadways and communities.

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