Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area - August 19, 2020

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2020

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Wildfire Update - August 19, 2020

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

Since March 1, the Fort McMurray Forest Area has recorded 19 wildfires that have burned a total of 277.39 hectares. Of these, 14 have been human-caused and 5 have been caused by lightning.

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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