Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger is VERY HIGH

Posted on Sun, May 13, 2018

GFX-HSB-WildfireDangerUpdate-VeryHigh.jpgPreventing wildfires is a shared responsibility

The wildfire danger is VERY HIGH in the Fort McMurray forest area. 

Remember to be diligent if you are operating OHVs in grassy areas, and please do not throw cigarette butts out the window of your vehicle.

Ride debris free! An off-highway vehicle exhaust can reach temperatures of over 200 degrees Celsius. That means it won't take long for that wet and muddy debris to dry up, start smouldering and fall to the ground as you drive away. You can help prevent a wildfire by stopping frequently to remove any build-up of debris from the hot spots on your machine.

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.


  • FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT as of 0900 HRS. May 9
    A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Fort McMurray Forest Area due to dry and windy conditions. Previous burning sites should be checked to ensure they are fully extinguished. No new fire permits will be issued.
    What is allowed:
    Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
    Charcoal briquettes
    Portable propane fire pits
    Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
    Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle and remove debris before and after use. Never leave a campfire unattended. 
  • The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 8 wildfires that have burned 2.21 hectares. Two of these wildfire are under control and six have been extinguished. 

Provincial Situation
There are currently 25 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 5 wildfires are being held, 12 wildfires are under control and 8 wildfires have been turned over to the responsible parties. Two of the wildfires classified as under control are those that were actioned prior to the current wildfire season and are still being monitored.

Since March 1, 2018 Alberta has recorded 254 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 1,225.74 hectares.


Lynn Daina

Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer

mobile: 780-799-9253