An upper ridge is sitting over Alberta giving hot and dry conditions with extreme fire danger values for today's burning period. For tomorrow, an upper trough combined with a surface trough will give unstable conditions with a risk of thundershowers. Caution is advised in flashy fuels – those being dry grass. They will easily ignite and spread and are difficult to control.
WILDFIRE SITUATION May 23, 2018
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!
For more information:
Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Agriculture and Forestry at 780-743-7125
Fort McMurray Wildfire Information Officer 780-743-7265