Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Remains Moderate

Posted on Fri, May 04, 2018

gfx-hsb-wildfiredangerupdate-moderate.jpgPreventing wildfires is a shared responsibility

IMG_3530Wildfire danger remains moderate due to cool temperatures and precipitation.  For the weekend an upper ridge will provide drying days. 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.

 
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE

IMPROVED Wildfire Status Map www.wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


Provincial Wildfire Situation

There are currently 14 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Five are under control, 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties. Three are classified as under control (these were actioned prior to the current wildfire season and are still being monitored).

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 140 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 111.61 hectares.

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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 


Lynn Daina

Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer

mobile: 780-799-9253

wildfire.alberta.ca