Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger is Low

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 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
 
Crews continue to clean up the many wildfires started by lightning.
 
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 46 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One is out of control, 14 are being held, 25 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 862 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 39,229.66 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