Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - March 31, 2021

Posted on Wed, Mar 31, 2021

WILDFIRE UPDATE

There are currently no active wildfires in the area. Since March 1, there has been one wildfire in the Fort McMurray Forest Area burning a total of 0.01 ha. 

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE

There are currently four wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. One of these wildfires is under control from the 2020 Wildfire season. It is located in the Calgary Forest Area at 2,420 ha. The other three fires have been turned over to the responsible parties. 

Since March 1 there have been 26 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 9.35 ha. The five-year average for this time period is 24 wildfires burning 9.45 hectares. 

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


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WILDFIRE SEASON STARTS MARCH 1

Starting March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard. Fire permits are free and can be requested from the Fort McMurray Forestry office.

Last wildfire season, 704 wildfires burned 3,269 hectares. The five-year average in Alberta is 1346 wildfires burning 393,134 hectares. Last year 88 per cent of wildfires were human-caused, meaning they are preventable.

Fort McMurray Forestry Office
Monday - Friday 0815 - 1630: 780-743-7125


For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer

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

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