Preventing wildfires is a shared responsibility
The wildfire danger is HIGH in the Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith forest areas and VERY HIGH to EXTREME in the Fort McMurray forest area for this burning period. A stronger cold front currently over the northwest boreal will continue to track southeast. Strong and gusty N-NW winds will be developing immediately behind the cold front. Dead grass will ignite easily and spread very quickly. Be diligent if you are operating OHVs in grassy areas, and do not throw cigarette butts onto the ground.
Ride debris free! An off-highway vehicle exhaust can reach temperatures of over 200 degrees Celsius. That means it won't take long for that wet and muddy debris to dry up, start smouldering and fall to the ground as you drive away. You can help prevent a wildfire by stopping frequently to remove any build-up of debris from the hot spots on your machine.
Make sure it's out! A campfire left smoldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. Soak it with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cool to the touch.
Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 186 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 452.67 hectares.
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
Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer