The wildfire danger has been reduced to HIGH. Our humidity levels have increased, and there is rain in the forecast beginning this afternoon. The smoke in our area is coming from the out of control fires to the west of us. Specifically Slave Lake, Peace River and High Level forest areas. There are no active fires in our forest area.
The Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) restrictions 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 no active fires currently burning in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. To date there have been 20 fires in the forest area. All have been extinguished, and all were human caused.
There are currently 18 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 7 are out of control, 1 is being held, 7 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties. Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 574 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 696,330.86 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 on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta
Fort McMurray area contacts:
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: Alberta Forestry at 780-743-7125
Fort McMurray Information Officer