Fort McMurray Area Update

Rain brings relief to the wildfires - Wildfire Danger LOW

Posted on Tue, Jun 05, 2018


Today's wildfire danger in the forest is Low. Temperatures are well below normal but are expected to recover later in the week bringing thunderstorms to our area. Stay current on Alberta's Fire Ban status by checking


An intense low pressure system is centred near Edmonton this morning and continues to pump extensive precipitation into central and northern Alberta. The low is forecast to drift eastward this afternoon however the main band of precipitation will continue to push north towards the NWT border.

Fort Chipewyan - today's high 8 C with rain, winds NE15. Fort McMurray - today's high 11 C with rain, winds NE15/SW10.


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 now Under Control. It's located 17 kilometres northeast of Firebag compound. This wildfire is now 60% contained and no growth is anticipated. 100% containment is expected by Wednesday. There are 190 firefighters and support staff, 11 helicopters and heavy equipment fighting this wildfire. 
MWF-020-18, discovered May 29, is 42.25 hectares and is now Under Control. The wildfire is located just to the east of Gordon Lake. There are 24 firefighters and 2 helicopters working on this wildfire.
Provincial Situation 

There are currently 22 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 3 are being held, 14 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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