Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Area Update - September 9, 2017 5:00pm

Posted on Sat, Sep 09, 2017

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Due to the precipitation received and weather forecast for the next week, the Fire Advisory in the Fort McMurray Forest Area has been lifted. Fire permits will be issued starting Monday, September 11. Click here to view today's wildfire danger map. For the smoke forecast click here

Report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3473). 

Smoky conditions in Fort McMurray are from a wildfire 112 km northwest of the city.

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Wildfire of Note:

SWF-107 - The wildfire is smouldering today, as seen in the picture taken yesterday and the wind is pushing smoke into Fort McMurray. This wildfire is located about 112 km northwest of Fort McMurray in the Slave Lake Forest Area and is currently out of control. There is no immediate threat to any community. The wildfire remains within the predetermined containment lines and firefighters with aircraft are working to limit the spread. For more details visit the Slave Lake Forest area updateIf you have any questions please call Wildfire Information Officer, Leah Lovequist 780-849-0945. 

If you experience respiratory difficulties as a result of the smoke, please visit Alberta Health Link or dial 811. 


Wildfire Situation Reports

Since March 1, 2017 there have been 91 fires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. There are currently three wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. All remain under control. There is no threat to community or infrastructure.

Provincially, there are currently 16 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two wildfire are out of control, six are being held, six are under control and two have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 1,151 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 32,804.44 hectares. 

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation, download the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple  products. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Forest and Prairie Protection Act | Legislative and Regulatory Changes

The Alberta government is committed to protecting Albertans and their communities from the threat of wildfire. Many wildfires are caused by human-activity, approximately 70% over the past 6 years, and are 100 per cent preventable.

Last fall legislation was passed to enhance wildfire prevention, to deter risky behaviour and give wildland firefighters more tools to keep Albertans and their communities safe.

For complete details click here.

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation, download the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple  products. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Alberta Wildfire Blog: blog.wildfire.alberta.ca

CONTACTS

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

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


Melissa Crawford

Provincial Information Officer

mobile: 780-420-1968

wildfire.alberta.ca 

 
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