Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 12, 2019 - 3 pm

Posted on Fri, Jul 12, 2019

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A warm, drying trend has elevated the wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area to HIGH and VERY HIGH in and around Fort Chipewyan.

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 44 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 21.58 hectares.


Provincial Summary - July 12

  • There are currently 14 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One is out of control, two are  being held, eight are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 710 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 801,733 hectares.
  • Firefighters have been imported from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Parks Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Saskatchewan and the United States.

Agriculture and Forestry has the following resources deployed on wildfires or pre-positioned across the province ready to action new wildfires: 2,021 firefighters and support staff, 100 helicopters, 15 airtankers and 156 pieces of heavy equipment.


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