Wildfire Update - August 4, 2020
The wildfire danger rating in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is HIGH. The wildfire danger in the Fort Chipewyan and Fort Fitzgerald areas are EXTREME.
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.
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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