Fort McMurray Area Update

FireSmart Community Series comes to Fort McMurray

Posted on Fri, Apr 20, 2018


Preventing wildfires is a shared responsibility


FireSmart Canada Announcement
Join us in Fort McMurray from October 2 – 4th, 2018 at the MacDonald Island Conference Centre for the FireSmart Community Series

Recent wildfire seasons have illustrated the vulnerability of communities to wildfire with the potential of devastating loss.

Appropriately managing wildfire requires balancing its natural role with the protection of human life, property and economic values. This equilibrium demands comprehensive risk management approaches including an appropriate mix of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. We can manage future risk collectively through the implementation and further development of the FireSmart Program.

Delivering this event in Fort McMurray will showcase efforts made in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, following the 2016 Horse River wildfire. Speakers from across the province and North America will share their stories, experience and approach to addressing the increasing threat of wildfire. Click for details

IMPROVED Wildfire Status Map

Our Wildfire Status Map has been upgraded and includes more functions and customization options. Some of the most notable changes include a new legend, definition to wildfire status terms, and more robust layers for customization. The new map also includes more detailed wildfire information for each fire including fire number, approximate size, and general cause (if it has been entered). Click on the “View full map – additional information” button to be taken to the full map functionality.

Provincial Wildfire Situation

There are currently five wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two have been turned over to the responsible parties. Three are wildfires classified as under control which were actioned prior to the current wildfire season and are still being monitored.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 26 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 2.27 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. Check out the latest blog posts for Alberta Wildfire.


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 

Lynn Daina

Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer

mobile: 780-799-9253