Fort McMurray Area Update

The Wildfire danger is LOW

Posted on Fri, Oct 05, 2018


The wildfire danger rating is LOW but there is still a risk of human-caused wildfire. If you are heading out into forested areas remember that small warming and cooking fires that are not properly extinguished can burn deep into the ground over the winter months and emerge in the spring as a wildfire. To properly extinguish a fire, completely soak the area with water, stir up the ashes and soak the area again.


Since March 1, 2018 there have been 102 wildfires that have burned approximately 3,292 hectares in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
Provincial Situation

October 15, 2018

There are currently 11 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Seven are under control and 4 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 1,243 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 59,549.92 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.

Prevent wildfires, ride debris FREE. OHV safety tips can be found here.

If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

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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

Wildfire Information Officer - 780-743-7265

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