Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger is Low

Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2018

GFX-HSB-WildfireDangerUpdate-Low.jpgThe current wildfire danger in the forest area is low thanks to the rain.  

WILDFIRE SITUATION 

Fort McMurray Forest Area - June 27
 
We saw 3 new starts yesterday. There are no values of risk at this time. Crews continue to clean up the many wildfires started by lightning over the past several days.
 
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 78 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,648.01 hectares. Two are out of control, 80 km north of Fort Chipewyan and west of Lake Bocquene, but status is expected to be being held by the end of the day. Five are being held, 7 are under control and 64 have been extinguished. 

Provincial Situation

There are currently 51 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 4 are out of control, 16 are being held, 25 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 854 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 37,955.07 hectares.


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