Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Remains Extreme - Fire Ban and OHV Restriction in effect

Posted on Sat, May 26, 2018


Today's wildfire danger in the forest area is mixed with Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith being High and Fort McMurray High to Extreme. Yesterday's localized thunderstorm activity gave some temporary relief to dry grass where precipitation was received. Areas that did not receive the rain will still exhibit extreme fire behaviour. A Fire Ban and OHV Restriction is in place for the entire forest area. 


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 16 wildfires that have burned approximately 371 hectares.15 have been extinguished, one remains Out of Control.
MWF-016, discovered today, is at 365 hectares, 32 kilometres northeast of Suncor Firebag. Three air tankers and 6 helicopters are working on the fire. 18 firefighters are assigned to the fire and will begin to work when it is safe to do so. There are no values at risk.

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, Wildfire Information Officer 780-799-9253

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