The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is HIGH.
The Fort McMurray Forest Area experienced four human caused wildfires over the past weekend.
Recreationalists need to ensure they extinguish their cooking and warming fires as well as checking their OHV for excess debris around mufflers which could 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
UPDATE - MMD-001 (formerly MWF-009): This wildfire, near Beacon Hill, is now classified as ‘turned over to the responsible party’. In this case, Alberta Wildfire was first to respond to this wildfire. Once the status of the fire was changed to ‘being held’, it was determined that the fire was within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s jurisdiction. Regional Emergency Services will continue to manage this fire until it is extinguished. Alberta Wildfire is available to assist if needed.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
A fire advisory is in effect for the Fort McMurray Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to forecasted weather conditions.
Under this advisory:
· Existing fire permits are still valid.
· No new permits will be issued.
· Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
Off-Highway Vehicles are not restricted
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
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
There are currently no active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA). Since March 1, there have been eight wildfires in the FMFA, burning a total of 5.20 hectares (ha).
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
As of 10 a.m. on May 10, 2021, there were 17 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. One of these wildfires is being held, nine are under control and seven have been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1 there have been 239 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 889.46 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
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.
DOWNLOAD THE NEW ALBERTA WILDFIRE APP
Download the Alberta Wildfire App to access provincial wildfire status maps and updates on your mobile device.
During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on doing any burning in the Forest Protection Area, other than a campfire.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.
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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