Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Very High

Posted on Sat, Jun 09, 2018


Today's wildfire danger in the forest is Very High. 


Thunderstorm activity is forecast to develop giving a risk of heavy rain and strong downdrafts. Winds will increase as the system intensifies through the day.

Fort Chipewyan - today's high 27 C, possible rain and thunder showers, winds SE25G40. 

Fort McMurray - today's high 28 C, possible rain and thunder showers, winds SE30G45.


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 23 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,377.37 hectares.19 have been extinguished, 4 are Under Control.
MWF-016-18, Otter Lake Fire, discovered May 26, is 2,320 hectares and is Under Control. It's located 17 kilometres northeast of Firebag compound.
MWF-020-18, discovered May 29, is 42.25 hectares and is Under Control. It's located just to the east of Gordon Lake.
Provincial Situation

There are currently 20 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 5 are being held, 12 are under control and 3 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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