Fort McMurray Area Update

FIRE BAN IN EFFECT - Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update

Posted on Tue, May 05, 2020

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Wildfire Update - May 5, 2020

The wildfire danger rating for the Fort McMurray Forest Area is HIGH and the fire ban remains in effect. Cured, dry grass is the largest concern as fires that start will spread quickly under current conditions.

Since March 1, there have been 3 new wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Two have been extinguished and one is being held.

There are currently 12 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One of these wildfires is being held, eight are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible parties.

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

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FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

There is a fire ban in place inside the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, as well as in Alberta provincial parks and protected areas, until further notice.

Fire permits are suspended or cancelled. Some allowances can be made for essential agricultural and industrial burning, but will need to be approved by a forest officer.


Prohibited
• wood campfires on public lands
• wood campfires on private land and provincial campgrounds
• backyard firepits
• barbeques with charcoal briquettes

Allowed
• propane / natural gas powered appliances
• open flame CSA approved oil devices
• wood fires in an enclosed facility or device, which have a chimney with a spark arrestor
• OHVs

** All devices must be CSA approved and used as per manufacturer standards. An enclosed facility or device is one that is fully contained with a chimney that has a spark arrestor. Users are still responsible for care and attendance of all devices and should reduce their use during fire restrictions and bans. Approved activities or devices will not prevent potential prosecution or litigation if the user or device starts a wildfire.

OHV Usage

There are no off-highway vehicle restrictions currently in place in the Fort McMurray Forest Protection area. An off-highway vehicle restriction in the Forest Protection Area will be reintroduced if there is an increase in the danger level. We will re-evaluate daily. 

These steps are part of a number of actions the department is implementing to help mitigate wildfire risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking action in advance to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires will allow Alberta Wildfire to make the best possible use of resources when the availability of firefighters could be reduced because of the pandemic.

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will be monitoring conditions, including the availability of firefighting crews and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fire Ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Please visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for a map of the affected area.

For more information, please contact: 

Lynn Daina, Wildfire Information Officer, Fort McMurray Forest Area

Phone: 1-780-799-9253 or 1-866-394-3473

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