Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - April 7, 2022

Posted on Thu, Apr 07, 2022


The fire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is low. As the snow melts, dry grass and vegetation is exposed and increases the risk of a fast moving wildfire.

Use caution when spending time in forested areas, especially on dry and windy days. If you are riding an OHV, stop regularly to check your hotspots, which can cause dry grass to ignite.

Last year, 33% of wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area were caused by residents and recreationalists.

Fire Permit Online


You can now request your fire permit online through a new online portal. During wildfire season, fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, except for campfires.

Fire permits are free and help us track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit before burning, you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.

To request a fire permit online, visit the new portal. You will need a MyAlberta Digital ID to access the portal. Please note that you can still request your permit from the Fort McMurray forest office by calling 780-743-7125.

Wildfire Dashboard


The new wildfire dashboard provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.

The dashboard builds on the former wildfire status map by displaying the most frequently accessed information in one convenient location.



Spring is a great time to apply FireSmart principles to your property. Protecting your home from wildfire starts with simple actions. Whether you are doing regular yard maintenance or making large scale changes during renovations or landscaping, you can make choices that will help protect your home from wildfire. 

For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer




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