Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - August 19, 2019

Posted on Mon, Aug 19, 2019


The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray area and the Fort Chip area is LOW.

There is no threat to any community from fires in the area at this time.

Recreational users in the Richardson Back-country and public lands around Fort McMurray should continue to take extra caution with OHV use. Safe OHV and campfire use practices should be applied at all times.

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update

There are currently 4 wildfires burning. All are being held. 

Smoke may drift into the area intermittently. Anyone with health concerns should check with Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24/7 health advice from Alberta Health Link. For a smoke forecast map, visit Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for Western Canada


Fort Chipewyan Area – MCX-001 and MCX-002

All fires in these two complexes were started by lightning and all are classified as BEING HELD within a containment perimeter, unless notified otherwise below.


MCX-001 - Old Fort Complex

MWF-051 - started July 17, 36,438 hectares, east across the lake from Fort Chipewyan approximately 44 kilometres


MCX-002 – Bocquene Complex


MWF-054 - started July 18, 4,645 hectares - 64 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan


MWF-056 - started July 18, 4,645 hectares, 53 kilometres north of Fort Chipewyan


MWF-068 - started July 19, 97 hectares, 113 kilometres north Fort Chipewyan

These fires are monitored daily by wildfire crews for fire behaviour, structure proximity, size and threat. Structural protection has been installed on a priority basis on structures that are close to these fires. Aerial ignition strategies are developed and may be implemented when conditions are favourable to limit the spread of fire, or assist with managing the fire behaviour. There is no threat to the community of Fort Chipewyan at this time.

Provincial Summary - 10 am, August 19

There are currently 13 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Four are being held, 6 are under control and 3 have been turned over to the responsible parties.

Since March 1, 2019, Alberta has recorded 930 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 882,594 hectares.

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


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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