Fort McMurray Area Update

Apply now for a Wildfire Community Preparedness grant

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2019


prepardness day

Applications for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019 are now open! Apply for your chance to receive $500 to put towards a FireSmart activity or event in your community


Bring your neighbours together to reduce wildfire risks. Here are a few ideas to help get you started with your Wildfire Community Preparedness Day application:

  • Hold a FireSmart information session with your neighbours. Reach out to your local fire department and invite them to introduce FireSmart to community members. Ask each resident to make one FireSmart commitment and then hold a follow up meeting to see how everyone is doing!

  • Hold a FireSmart work bee – invite local residents to roll up their sleeves and clean up dead and downed woody debris surrounding the community.

  • Hold a FireSmart chipping event – invite local residents clean up vegetation on their properties and haul it to the end of their driveway for pick up and chipping.

  • Invite the local fire department to come and help conduct FireSmart structure and site hazard assessments. Ask residents to commit to one action item on their property and then hold a contest with a prize to the most active community member.

  • Work collectively with your neighbours to make sure that every house in your neighbourhood have eaves that are clean and free of debris! Celebrate these activities with a community BBQ after!

Applications will close on March 9 at 4 pm.

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Winter burning

Fire permits are not required for winter burning however, you are responsible for any fires you ignite and must ensure they are extinguished before the start of the 2019 wildfire season on March 1.

A fire left smouldering can continue to burn under the snow all winter long and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring.

Follow these after burning tips to prevent wildfires this spring.

  • Spread remaining material within the pile and soak with water as required.
  • Check the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile – it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the following weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

Safe burning practices are always in season.


 If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

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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