Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray - Wildfire danger split

Posted on Mon, Aug 20, 2018


The wildfire danger rating is split today. The Fort Chipewyan area is rated Extreme and the Fort McMurray area rated Very High. Smoke is forecast to enter the northeast portion of the forest area later this afternoon.

For smoke forecasts check, and for related health concerns, please call 811 or visiAlberta Health Services.

WILDFIRE SITUATION - August 20, 2018

Since March 1, 2018 there have been 95 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,907.54 hectares in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
MWF-095, discovered August 18th is classified as Being Held. It is approximately 31 km south of the NWT border and 40 km west of the Saskatchewan border. It is currently 236.95 hectares.

Provincial Situation

August 20 at 10 am

There are currently 20 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 10 are being held, 7 are under control, and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,158 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 58,064.43 hectares.


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! 

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Ontario Wildfire Information

For more information:

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

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

Unless the wildfire situation changes you can expect your next update on Friday, August 10.

Wildfire Information Officer - 780-743-7265

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