Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area - August 1, 2020

Posted on Sat, Aug 01, 2020

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As we head into the August long weekend, please keep fire safety top of mind. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for information on fire advisories, restrictions or bans in your area.

If you see smoke or fire in the forest, call 310-FIRE.

Wildfire Update - August 1, 2020

The wildfire danger rating in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is VERY HIGH.

Since March 1, the Fort McMurray Forest Area has recorded 18 wildfires that have burned a total of 275.73 hectares. Of these, 13 have been human-caused and 5 have been caused by lightning.

There are currently two wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. One is classified as being held and the other is under control. 

Make sure your campfire is fully extinguished before you leave.

  • 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. 

Campfire Ad HI RES

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: 

Provincial Information Officer

Phone: 1-780-420-1968 or 1-866-394-3473

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