Windy, dry conditions have increased the wildfire danger to high.
The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) restriction within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta have been amended - they now apply to the High Level Forest Area, the majority of the Peace River Forest Area, and the upper portion of the Slave Lake Forest Areas. More information at: www.albertafirebans.ca
Although the restrictions have been lifted firefighters continue to deal with large wildfires in other parts of the Forest Protection Area.
Please be vigilant with campfires and never leave them unattended. SOAK the ashes, STIR them, and SOAK them again to make sure the fire is completely out.
When operating an OHV, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine. Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
There are currently no active fires burning in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 566 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 669,898.56 hectares.
Fire lookouts are on high alert constantly watching for smoke, as well as patrols in helicopters. Various pieces of heavy equipment, air tankers, helicopters and firefighters are ready to respond to any new starts.
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!
For more information:
Inside the Urban Service Area contact: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 780-743-7000 or 1-800-973-9663
Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Agriculture and Forestry at 780-743-7125
Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be June 14, 2019.
Fort McMurray Information Officer