Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Remains Extreme - Fire Restriction now in effect

Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018


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.


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 12 wildfires that have burned approximately 6.83 hectares. 11 have been extinguished and 1 is under control - MWF-011 is UNDER CONTROL at 4.5 hectares approximately 60 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, near Stony Mountain. 14 firefighters and 2 helicopters continue to action this wildfire.

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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 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 780-743-7265

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