Preventing wildfires is a shared responsibility
The wildfire danger is VERY HIGH in the Fort McMurray forest area. Moisture levels continue to decline. As we head into the long weekend higher temperatures and lower humidity will escalate the drying of our vegetation. Crossover conditions are expected, meaning the relative humidity will be the same as, or lower than, the temperature. This may impact the danger rating. Dead, dry grass will ignite easily and spread quickly. There is no precipitation forecast for the weekend. Extreme caution is advised for all heavy equipment and OHV operators in the forested areas.
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
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!
WILDFIRE SITUATION May 18, 2018
Agriculture and Forestry is currently assisting with 3 wildfires outside of the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
Since March 1, 2018 Alberta has recorded 312 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 1,278.23 hectares.
For more information:
Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Agriculture and Forestry at 780-743-7125
Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer