Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger Moderate - Fire Advisory remains in effect

Posted on Sun, Jun 03, 2018


Today's wildfire danger in the forest is Moderate. A Fire Advisory remains in effect. Rain has brought relief to the danger rating. Stay current on Alberta's Fire Ban status by checking

  • 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.


Fort Chipewyan - today's high 13 C with rain, winds NE 20 km. Fort McMurray - today's high 17 C with periods of rain, winds E 20 km. Cooler temperatures, a higher relative humidity and more rain are in the forecast for Monday.


Fort McMurray Forest Area Situation
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 22 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,377.26 hectares.18 have been extinguished, 3 are Under Control and 1 is Being Held.
MWF-016-18, Otter Lake Fire, discovered May 26, is 2,320 hectares and is being held, 17 kilometres northeast of Firebag compound. This wildfire is now 40% contained and no growth is anticipated. Lower temperatures and rain helped crews make good progress. There are 207 personnel including firefighters and support staff, heavy equipment and 12 helicopters working on this wildfire. 
MWF-020-18, discovered May 29, is 42.25 hectares and is now under control. The wildfire is located just to the east of Gordon Lake. There are 24 firefighters and 2 helicopters working on this wildfire.
Provincial Situation 

There are currently 28 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 2 wildfires are out of control, 5 are being held, 16 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

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