Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger HIGH Fire Advisory in Effect

Posted on Wed, May 16, 2018

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

The wildfire danger is HIGH in the Fort McMurray forest area. Moisture levels continue to decline. Dead, dry grass will ignite easily and spread quickly. The area will continue to experience drying conditions as there is no precipitation in the forecast for the next several days.

Preventing wildfires is a shared responsibility

Remember to be diligent if you are operating OHVs in grassy areas, and please do not throw cigarette butts.

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!

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Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 8 wildfires that have burned 2.21 hectares. Seven have been extinguished. One remains under control.

Provincial Situation
There are currently 22 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 9 wildfires are under control, 3 are being held and 10 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.

Agriculture and Forestry is currently assisting with 3 wildfires outside of the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Since March 1, 2018 Alberta has recorded 290 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 1261.42 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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