Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray - Wildfire Danger is High

Posted on Mon, Aug 06, 2018


NOTE: Due to a server issue, the status map on the Alberta Wildfire App will be unable to update for the foreseeable future. Until we are able to find a solution, please use the wildfire status map on the Alberta Wildfire webpage for the most update-to-date map information. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The wildfire danger level is HIGH for the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

WILDFIRE SITUATION - August 6, 2018 

Currently there are 3 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Of these wildfires, 2 are being held and 1 is under control.

MWF-093 is located 35 km west of Fort Mackay. This wildfire is 36 hectares in size and is now classified as being held. Smoke may be visible over the next few days and has the potential to drift into the community, however the wildfire remains a significant distance away and is no threat to the community. If you have smoke related health concerns, please call 811 or visit Alberta Health Services.

Since March 1, 2018 there have been 94 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,674 hectares in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

Provincial Situation - August 6 (as of 4:00pm)

There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 1 is out of control, 9 are being held, 10 are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,082 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of approximately 49,788 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: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - 780-792-5519

Outside the Urban Service Area: Agriculture and Forestry - 780-743-7125

Unless the wildfire situation changes you can expect your next update on Friday, August 10.

Wildfire Information Officer - 780-420-1968

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