Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - February 20, 2024

Posted on Tue, Feb 20, 2024



The wildfire danger is LOW in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

Wildfires can still start in cooler weather, especially in dry and windy conditions. Always use caution in forested areas. 

Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).

early fire season - 2024

Wildfire season starts today

Alberta’s wildfire season is starting early this year, on February 20. This means that fire permits will be required for burning within the Forest Protection Area, except for a campfire. The early start is due to the drought conditions occurring in many areas of the province, which could lead to elevated fire danger if we do not receive significant rain in the spring.

Please do your part to help prevent human caused wildfires by using caution in forested areas. Now’s the time to go back and check on any winter burn projects to make sure they are fully extinguished. Stay informed of fire restrictions and fire bans in your area by checking Alberta Firebans

Fire permits are free and can be requested online. Visit to request your fire permit online. You may also request your fire permit by calling the Fort McMurray forestry office at 780-743-7125. 


Winter burning

Holdover fires are likely to occur this year due to dry conditions. A fire lit in the winter and left smouldering can burn under the snow and into the ground all winter long. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires. To prevent spring wildfires, check your winter burn sites frequently and ensure that all fires are completely extinguished.

Please get a fire permit for any burning project, other than a campfire, and always follow our safe burning guidelines.

Wildfire update

Since January 1, 2024, there have been two wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. They have both been extinguished.

There are currently nine wildfires burning in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. All of these wildfires are carryover fires from the 2023 wildfire season and are under control. They are being monitored by firefighters.

For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit Alberta Wildfire Status.


2024 seasonal recruitment

Now hiring

Are you interested in joining the Alberta Wildfire team this summer? We are hiring a variety of positions for the 2024 wildfire season. Apply today through the Alberta Jobs portal


Your actions today can minimize wildfire damage to your home and property tomorrow. Visit the new FireSmart Alberta site to learn how you can reduce the risk and negative impact of wildfire to your home, neighbourhood and community.

To learn more on how you can protect your home and structures from wildfire, download the Farm and Acreage FireSmart magazine.


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