Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 16, 2019

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2019


The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area is MODERATE and 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 47 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 29.02 hectares.

Provincial Summary - July 16

  • There are currently 12 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One is out of control, seven are under control and four have been turned over to the responsible parties.
  • Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 731 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 801,812 hectares.
  • Firefighters have been imported from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, 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: 1,694 firefighters and support staff, 96 helicopters, 15 airtankers and 103 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


Phone: 1-866-FYI-FIRE




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