Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 14, 2024 - 4 p.m.

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2024


The wildfire danger is EXTREME in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. 

Alberta Wildfire is currently responding to an out of control wildfire southwest of Fort McMurray. MWF017 is 11,000 hectares in size. See below for more information.

A FIRE RESTRICTION remains in effect for the Fort McMurray Forest Area. 

Please be cautious when spending time outdoors. Wildfires can start and spread very easily in dry grass.

Report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE (3473).


MWF017 map - May 14 2024

Map of MWF017 as of 9 a.m. on May 14, 2024.


MWF017 is classified as out of control at 11,000 hectares. The wildfire grew significantly to the northeast yesterday and continues to grow in that direction today.

As of 4 p.m. today, the closest point of the fire was about 7.5 km from the Fort McMurray landfill and 6.5 km from the intersection of highways 63 and 881. Smoke is impacting visibility and it is difficult to determine accurate distances at this time.

Fire activity is increasing on the northeastern edge of the wildfire, driven by winds from the southwest. Thick smoke is blanketing the area. 

Firefighters have been pulled from the fire line for safety reasons. Helicopters and airtankers are dropping water on the active edges of the fire. There are 70 firefighters and 14 helicopters currently assigned to the wildfire.

Today, winds are from the southwest at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h, with a high of 20C. 

Structure protection was installed on the Rickards Landing Industrial Park, Gregoire Lake Estates and Gregoire Lake 176. A plan is in place for structure protection along Amoco road, if required. Firefighters are working on a plan for structure protection in the southern industrial part of Fort McMurray.

The cause of this wildfire remains under investigation.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has issued an evacuation order for the communities of Prairie Creek, Beacon Hill, Abasand, and Grayling Terrace.

An evacuation alert remains in place for the rest of Fort McMurray, Saprae Creek, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Anzac.

See Alberta Emergency Alert for the latest information. 

Highway 63 northbound is closed between Atmore and Fort McMurray due to this wildfire. Southbound lanes remain open for evacuees.

See 511 Alberta for the latest information on road closures.

MWF017 May 14 2024 1330

MWF017 at 1:30 p.m. on May 14, 2024.

MWF023 was detected May 13 and is currently classified as being held, at 1.8 hectares in size. It is located about 3 km northeast of the Fort Chipewyan airport, 1.7 km from the Allison Bay fire guard and 9 km northeast of the community. There were 22 firefighters from Alberta Wildfire working on this wildfire today, with the help of local firefighters. They were supported by four helicopters and airtankers. 

Jean Lake Complex (MXC001) is made up of two wildfires (HWF021 and MWF010), located near Birch Mountains. MWF010 is 7,976 hectares in size and HWF021 is 378 hectares. Both are classified as being held and do not pose a threat to any community. 

There are currently two carryover wildfires from the 2023 season burning in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Both of these wildfires are under control. They are being monitored by firefighters.

For up-to-date information on the current wildfire situation, visit Alberta Wildfire Status.

Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android.

Fire Restriction wide-1

A fire restriction is in effect for the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

Under this restriction:

  • Existing fire permits are restricted, suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds are allowed.

Prohibited on public lands, including backcountry and random camping areas:

  • All outdoor wood fires.
  • Fires fueled exclusively by charcoal briquettes.
  • The use of fireworks and exploding targets.

Allowed in designated campgrounds on private and public land, designated day use areas and on privately owned land:

  • Safe wood campfires.
  • Backyard fire pits, charcoal briquette barbeques.
  • Propane/natural gas-powered appliances CSA approved or UL certified.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.


Take wildfire prevention to new heights with our Wildfire Pledge Campaign!

Pledge today to reduce wildfires across the Fort McMurray Forest Area and you'll be entered to win an educational helicopter ride!

Take the pledge here:


Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) have exhaust systems that get hotter than 200°C. At these temperatures, built-up materials (such as grass, muskeg, moss, or other debris) can heat up, smoulder and ignite. These can fall to the ground as you are riding, starting a wildfire.

You can reduce the risk of your vehicle causing a wildfire by following these simple steps:

  • Before you ride, clean out hot spots and remove debris from your machine.
  • After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any build-up from your machine.
  • Carry firefighting equipment such as a small shovel, collapsible pail or fire extinguisher.
  • Wash your OHV and keep it clean – do not wash in streams and creeks.
  • Make sure your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.
  • Stop frequently. Take the time to knock debris from your machine’s hot spots. If the debris is smouldering, soak it, stir it, and soak it again to make sure it is extinguished.


Drones are not allowed to be flown within five nautical miles (or 9.3 kilometers) of a wildfire. If you fly a drone within this distance of a wildfire, it immediately halts aerial firefighting operations because it is not safe for aircraft to be flying with drones in the air. Interfering with wildfire control operations can land you a court appearance.

See Transport Canada's Forest fires and drones fact sheet for more information.

Exploding targets

The Forest and Prairie Protection Act and associated regulations legislates the use, discharge or detonation of exploding targets within the FPA of Alberta. Written permission to discharge or detonate is required under the act.

Alberta Peace Officers may issue warning or violation tickets under the act. Violators can be ticketed at $600. Individuals who knowingly contravene the act and start a wildfire can be further prosecuted in the courts.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police may also pursue additional charges under legislation that includes mischief or arson under the Criminal Code of Canada.

See Wildfire compliance and enforcement for more information.


Josee St-Onge

Information Officer

Phone: 587-591-1855





Join the conversation on

facebook.jpg twitter.jpg instagram.jpg



Alberta Wildfire App for Apple or Android and Alberta Fire Bans App for Apple or Android.

Subscribe to Fort McMurray Area Updates