Fort McMurray Area Update

Wildfire Danger is Variable

Posted on Wed, Jul 04, 2018

GFX-HSB-WildfireDangerUpdate-Low.jpgThe current wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray forest area is low and moderate north of Fort Chipewyan.

WILDFIRE SITUATION 

Fort McMurray Forest Area
 
Temperatures remain below normal in all zones. An upper low system will move eastward this afternoon providing more showers. Fire danger remains suppressed due to poor drying conditions.
 
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 78 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,651.23 hectares. Two are being held, 3 are under control and 73 have been extinguished.

Provincial Situation

There are currently 28 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 4 are being held, 18 are under control and 6 have been turned over to the responsible parties..

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 884 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 39,243.17 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