Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 5, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.

Posted on Fri, Jul 05, 2019

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The wildfire danger is LOW  in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. 

We have received widespread precipitation across the area. Recreational users in the Richardson Back-country and public lands around Fort McMurray should take extra caution with OHV use. Safe OHV and campfire use practices should be applied.


Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update

There is currently 1 wildfire burning in the Fort McMurray Forest Area

MWF042: is currently Under Control at 1.63 hectares. It is located approximately 89 km southwest of Fort McMurray. There are no communities at risk.

Since March 1st, there have been 43 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 21.57 hectares.

There is a wildfire burning in the Lac La Biche Forest Area, approximately 55 km south of the town of Fort McMurray and 33 km southeast of Highway 63. More information about this wildfire click here.


Provincial Summary - July 5, 2019

There are currently 15 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. 1 is Out of Control, 3 are Being Held, 8 are Under Control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, there have been 699 wildfires that have burned 804,322.78
 hectares in the Forest Protection Area.

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.


Off-Highway Vehicle

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, parts 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 Alberta Forest Protection Area. 

Safe campfire

 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 

Lynn Daina, Information Officer

780-799-9253

Phone: 1-866-FYI-FIRE

lynn.daina@gov.ab.ca