The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area and the Fort Chip area is LOW. Unless the situation changes, your next update will be Monday, August 19th.
There is no threat to any community from fires in the area at this time.
Recreational users in the Richardson Back-country and public lands around Fort McMurray should continue to take extra caution with OHV use. Safe OHV and campfire use practices should be applied at all times.
Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update
There are currently 4 wildfires burning. All are being held.
Smoke may drift into the area intermittently. Anyone with health concerns should check with Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map, visit Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for Western Canada
Fort Chipewyan Area – MCX-001 and MCX-002
All fires in these two complexes were started by lightning and all are classified as BEING HELD within a containment perimeter, unless notified otherwise below.
MCX-001 - Old Fort Complex
MWF-051 - started July 17, 36,438 hectares, east across the lake from Fort Chipewyan approximately 44 kilometres
MCX-002 – Bocquene Complex
MWF-054 - started July 18, 4,645 hectares - 64 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan
MWF-056 - started July 18, 4,645 hectares, 53 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan
MWF-068 - started July 19, 97 hectares, 113 kilometres north Fort Chipewyan
These fires are monitored daily by wildfire crews for fire behaviour, structure proximity, size and threat. Structural protection has been installed on a priority basis on structures that are close to these fires. Aerial ignition strategies are developed and may be implemented when conditions are favourable to limit the spread of fire, or assist with managing the fire behaviour. There is no threat to the community of Fort Chipewyan at this time.
Provincial Summary - 10 am, August 16
There are currently 14 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Seven are being held, 3 are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 930 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 882,595 hectares.
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!
Fort McMurray area contacts:
Inside the Urban Service Area contact: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 780-743-7000 or
Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Alberta Forestry at 780-743-7125
Lynn Daina, Information Officer