Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area - September 2, 2020

Posted on Wed, Sep 02, 2020

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Wildfire Update - September 2, 2020

The wildfire danger rating in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is LOW.  

Since March 1, the Fort McMurray Forest Area has recorded 19 wildfires that have burned a total of 269.39 hectares. Of these, 14 have been human-caused and 5 have been caused by lightning.

OHV Tips

If you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember:

  • OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
  • It is crucial for Albertans to stop and check OHVs and the ground for any debris that may have fallen.
  • Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
  • Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.

OHV Poster

A fire permit is required for burning other than a cooking and warming fire. Fire permits are being issued but will need to be approved by a Forest Officer. Please call 780-743-7125 to request a fire permit.

For information on the current wildfire situation across the Province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer

Phone: 1-780-420-1968 or 1-866-394-3473

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