Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray - Smoke drifts into Fort McMurray from wildfires in BC

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2018

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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 in the Fort McMurray area, and VERY HIGH in the Fort Chipewyan area. Smoke in the area is coming from the wildfires in BC. Check firesmoke.caIf you have smoke related health concerns, please call 811 or visiAlberta Health Services.

WILDFIRE SITUATION - August 9, 2018

Currently there is one wildfire in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
 
MWF-093 is located 35 km west of Fort Mackay. This wildfire is 31.6 hectares and is now classified as under control. There are 4 helicopters and 3 crews working this fire.
 
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 94 wildfires that have burned approximately 2,671 hectares in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
 

Provincial Situation

August 9 at 10 am

There are currently 24 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 1 is out of control, 8 are being held, 12 are under control, and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

o   RWF-049 (Skeleton Creek Wildfire) – This out of control wildfire is 624 hectares in size and is located in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, 1.4 km east of the junction of Forbidden Creek and Skeleton Creek, and 5.4 km northwest of the Scalp Creek Natural Area . There are 14 wildland firefighters and support staff and 3 helicopters currently fighting this wildfire.

  • Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,102 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 50,424.89 hectares.

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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
    • Download our app, available for Apple and Android devices.
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    • or visit www.wildfire.alberta.ca
    • Stay current on Alberta's Fire Ban status by checking albertafirebans.ca

BC Wildfire information

Ontario Wildfire Information

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 - 780-743-7265