The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area is HIGH, and EXTREME north of Lake Athabasca. Isolated cells of precipitation were received yesterday but did not reduce the danger levels. In the past two days lightning strikes have created 14 wildfires.
Wind out of the northeast is pushing smoke into the Fort McMurray area from wildfires in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Click here to see the smoke forecast and the source areas of smoke. If you have health concerns, contact the Alberta Health Link at 811 or visit their website.
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 are currently 9 wildfires burning, all started by lightning. No values at risk are currently threatened. One is out of control 37 kilometres north of Kearl Lake, 7 are being held, and 1 is under control.
Three of these fires are approximately 50 kilometres east of Fort Chipewyan, directly across Lake Athabasca, and 3 are approximately 60 kilometres northwest of Fort Chipewyan.
Since March 1st, there have been 62 wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 2,261.15 hectares.
Provincial Summary - 10 am, July 19
Since our last report on July 18 at 10 a.m., there have been 14 new wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. 3 are out of control, 4 are being held, 2 are under control, 4 have been extinguished and 1 has been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 794 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 809,816.24 hectares.
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