Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 22

Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

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Wildfire Danger

Current Wildfire Danger: The current wildfire danger is MODERATE in the Fort McMurray Forest Area with some isolated pockets of HIGH/VERY HIGH in the southwest corner and in the area just north of Fort McKay. Click here to view today's wildfire danger map.

Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473). 


Wildfire Situation Reports

Since March 1, 2017 there have been 85 fires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. There are currently six wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. One is out of control and 5 are under control. There is no threat to any community or infrastructure.

  • MWF-071 – This wildfire is located approximately 30 kilometres south of Wood Buffalo National Park. It is classified as out of control and is currently 246 hectares in size. There are 64 firefighters, 7 airtankers and 8 helicopters fighting this wildfire.

Provincially, there are currently 26 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Four wildfires are out of control, five are being held, 11 are under control and six have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 1,064 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 19,398 hectares. 

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation, download the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple  products. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Forest and Prairie Protection Act | Legislative and Regulatory Changes

The Alberta government is committed to protecting Albertans and their communities from the threat of wildfire. Many wildfires are caused by human-activity, approximately 70% over the past 6 years, and are 100 per cent preventable.

Last fall legislation was passed to enhance wildfire prevention, to deter risky behaviour and give wildland firefighters more tools to keep Albertans and their communities safe.

For complete details click here.

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation, download the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple  products. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Alberta Wildfire Blog: blog.wildfire.alberta.ca

CONTACTS

Inside the Urban Service Area contact: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 780-792-5519 

Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Agriculture and Forestry at 780-743-7125 


Lynn Daina

Information Officer

mobile: 780-799-9253

wildfire.alberta.ca 

 
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