Fort McMurray Area Update

Fire Advisory Remains in Effect

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2018

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

The wildfire danger is VERY HIGH in the Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith forest areas and VERY HIGH to EXTREME in the Fort McMurray forest area. Westerly winds and lower RH values are expected.


  • 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.

May 10 - a Fire Behaviour Advisory has also been issued for grass fires. Upper ridge conditions will persist through the northern half of the province for the next few days with little to no chance of precipitation.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 4 wildfires that have burned .04 hectares. All four have been extinguished. 

Provincial Situation
There are currently 35 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 18 wildfires are under control and 13 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 231 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 511.42 hectares.
For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta

For more information:
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 


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