Wildfire Update - June 20, 2020
The wildfire danger rating in the Fort McMurray Forest is VERY HIGH. The weather forecast over the next several days shows a heating and drying trend for the area. High temperatures, low humidity, and wind all contribute to increasing the fire danger. An elevated fire danger allows a wildfire to start quickly and spread extremely fast.
Favorable weather equates to more recreational activities. If you are planning a camping or OHV trip please be sure to follow safe fire practices and guidelines for your safety and the safety of others.
- In campgrounds or recreational areas, use the designated stoves, rings, or fire pits. They are designed to keep fires from spreading and are the best choice for a safe campfire.
- When outside of a campground, use sites that are clear of dry grass, bushes, leaves, branches, tree trunks, peat moss, and overhanging branches. If the site has already been used for a campfire, use the same site.
- Build your campfires on level ground that is sheltered from wind.
- Have enough water on hand to extinguish your fire.
If you choose to drive an off-highway vehicle in Alberta’s forested areas please remember:
- OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become heated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
- Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
- Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
There is a fire advisory in place inside the Forest Protection Area of Alberta until further notice. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details
A fire permit is required for burning other than a cooking and warming fire. Fire permits are being issued but will need to be approved by a Forest Officer. Please call 780-743-7125 to request a fire permit.
For information on the current wildfire situation across the Province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
For more information, please contact:
Wildfire Information Officer, Fort McMurray Forest Area
Phone: 1-780-623-9758 or 1-866-394-3473
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