Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 29, 2021

Posted on Thu, Jul 29, 2021

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The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is MODERATE around Fort McMurray, and MODERATE in the Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith area.

The fire restriction for the Fort McMurray forest protection area and the Lac La Biche forest protection area has been lifted in light of the change in weather conditions.

WILDFIRE UPDATE

There are currently 22 active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA). Lightning starts are the cause of the majority of these wildfires. There are no out of control fires. 11 are being held and 11 are under control. Since March 1, there have been 89 wildfires in the FMFA, burning a total of 42,083.76 (ha). 


PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE as of 10 a.m. 

There are currently 55 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Two are out of control, 15 are being held and 38 are under control.

Since March 1 there have been 959 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 47,587 (ha). 

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


Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Extra caution must be used by recreationalists. Ensure your cooking and warming fires are out, and check your OHV for excess debris around the muffler. It can ignite and fall, causing a wildfire.

If you are found responsible for causing a wildfire, you can be charged with the cost of fighting that wildfire.


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TAKE THE PLEDGE 

Residents from the Fort McMurray area are invited to take the wildfire pledge and protect our forests. Help prevent human-caused wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA) by signing our wildfire pledge. By taking the pledge, your name will be automatically entered into a draw to win an educational helicopter tour.

The FMFA averages 25 human-caused wildfires per year. Over the last 10 years, these wildfires have cost the government nearly $19 million per year.

Let’s work together to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in the FMFA. Commit to reducing human-caused wildfires today:

  • I will always use fire responsibly and safely in the FMFA.
  • I will fully extinguish my campfire by soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again.
  • I will stop and check my off-highway vehicle regularly for built-up debris while riding off-road.
  • I will report any smoke I see in the forested areas to 310-FIRE.
  • I will be an ambassador for fire safety when enjoying Alberta’s forested areas with friends and family.

Take the pledge


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DOWNLOAD THE NEW ALBERTA WILDFIRE APP

Download the Alberta Wildfire App to access provincial wildfire status maps and updates on your mobile device.

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For more information, please contact: 

Lynn Daina, Information Officer, Fort McMurray

Phone: 780-799-9253 or the PROVINCIAL Information Officer 1-866-394-3473

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