Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger High - Fire Advisory in effect

Posted on Sat, Jun 02, 2018


Today's wildfire danger in the forest is High. A Fire Advisory remains in effect. Rain has brought some relief to the danger rating. Stay current on Alberta's Fire Ban status by checking

  • FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT as of 1000 HRS. June 1, 2018
    A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Fort McMurray Forest Area. No new fire permits will be issued.
    What is allowed:
    Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
    Charcoal briquettes
    Portable propane fire pits
    Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
    Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle and remove debris before and after use. Never leave a campfire unattended. 
  • The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.


Fort Chipewyan - today's high 16 C with rain. Fort McMurray - today's high 17 C with a risk of thundershowers and periods of rain. 


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 22 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,377.26 hectares.18 have been extinguished, 3 are Under Control and 1 is Being Held.
MWF-016-18, Otter Lake Fire, discovered May 26, is 2,320 hectares and is being held, 20 kilometres northeast of Firebag compound. This wildfire is now 30% contained and no growth is anticipated. Lower temperatures and rain helped crews make good progress today. 
MWF-020-18, discovered May 29, is 42.25 hectares and is now under control.
Provincial Situation 

There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 3 wildfires are out of control, 4 are being held, 12 are under control and 5 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

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.

OHV safety tips can be found here.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta

For more information: 

Inside the Urban Service Area contactRegional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 780-792-5519

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

Lynn Daina, Wildfire Information Officer 780-743-7265

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