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 firesmoke.ca, and for related health concerns, please call 811 or visit Alberta Health Services.
WILDFIRE SITUATION - August 20, 2018
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!
For more information:
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