Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 8, 2019

Posted on Thu, Aug 08, 2019

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The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area is LOW.  The wildfire danger for the Fort Chip area is also LOW.

There is no threat to any communities from fires in the area at this time.  

Your next update will be on Tuesday, August 13 unless conditions change.

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 8 wildfires burning. Four are being held and four are under control. 

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 -  July 17, 23,095 hectares, east across the lake from Fort Chipewyan approximately 44 kilometres

 

MCX-002 – Bocquene Complex

 

MWF-054 - July 18, 4,645 hectares - 64 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan

 

MWF-056 - July 18, 4,645 hectares, 53 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan

 

MWF-063 - July 19, 592 hectares, 95 kilometres north Fort Chipewyan.  This fire is classified as UNDER CONTROL.

 

MWF-068 - 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.


Edra Complex – MCX-003

All fires in this complex are classified as UNDER CONTROL

MWF-075 – July 23, July 23, 247 hectares, northwest of Fort McMurray 150 kilometres

MWF-076 – July 23, 192 hectares, northwest of Fort McMurray 161 kilometres

These fires do not threaten any communities, nor are there any values at risk.

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MWF-073 –lightning, July 23, 186 Hectares, 60 kilometres west of Fort McKay. This fire is UNDER CONTROL.


Provincial Summary - 10 am, August 8

Since our last report on Aug 7 at 10 a.m., there have been 2 new wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Both of these have been turned over to the responsible parties. 

There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 9 are being held, 9 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 928 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 869,247 hectares.


Safe campfire

 If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

 
For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta

Fort McMurray area contacts:

Inside the Urban Service Area contact: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 780-743-7000 or

1-800-973-9663

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

Lynn Daina, Information Officer

780-799-9253

Phone: 1-866-FYI-FIRE

lynn.daina@gov.ab.ca

 

 

 
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