Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Very High - Fire Advisory in effect, OHV Restriction lifted

Posted on Fri, Jun 01, 2018

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Today's wildfire danger in the forest is Very High. The Fire Ban has been downgraded to a Fire Advisory and the OHV restriction has been lifted. Precipitation throughout the area was scattered and caution is advised for campfire and OHV use. Stay current on Alberta's Fire Ban status by checking albertafirebans.ca

FireAdvisory
  • FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT as of 1000 HRS. June 1, 2018
    A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Fort McMurray Forest Area. 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.

FORECAST

Fort Chipewyan - today's high 18 C with winds ESE 10-15 km. Fort McMurray - today's high 17 C with winds ESE 10-15 km.

WILDFIRE SITUATION June 1, 2018

Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
 
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 22 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,457.26 hectares.18 have been extinguished, 2 are Under Control, 1 is Being Held and 1 remains Out of Control..
 
MWF-016-18, discovered May 26, is 2,400 hectares and out of control, 17 kilometres northeast of Suncor Firebag. Lower temperatures and high humidity are helping to make good progress on this fire. Resources on the wildfire today are: 146 firefighters and support staff, 16 pieces of heavy equipment and 18 helicopters.
 
MWF-020-18, discovered May 29, is 45.25 hectares and is now being held, 1 km east of Gordon Lake. 32 firefighters and 3 helicopters are actioning the wildfire.
 
Provincial Situation 

There are currently 27 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 4 wildfires are out of control, 3 are being held, 15 are under control and 5 have been turned over to the responsible parties.


.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.

OHV safety tips can be found here.

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 contactRegional 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 780-743-7265