Warmer, breezy weather has pushed the wildfire danger to HIGH in the Fort McMurray Forest Area and VERY HIGH north of Lake Athabasca.
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
Since March 1st, there have been 43 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 21.57 hectares.
Provincial Summary - July 8, 2019
There are currently 13 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. 1 is Out of Control, 1 is Being Held, 8 are Under Control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1, there have been 705 wildfires that have burned 800,381.64 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.
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!
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