Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 21, 2021

Posted on Fri, May 21, 2021

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The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is MODERATE.

We tend to see a larger number of wildfires on the May long weekend because of wildfire hazards like dead, dry grass. An abundance of fuel, like grass, can ignite quickly and result in a fast spreading wildfire.

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.


FIRE ADVISORY LIFTED

The Fire Advisory in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is now lifted. Forestry will be issuing fire permits once again. 

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


WILDFIRE UPDATE

There are currently no active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA). Since March 1, there have been nine wildfires in the FMFA, burning a total of 4.97 hectares (ha).

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE

As of 2 p.m. on May 21, 2021, there were 6 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. Four are under control and two have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1 there have been 313 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 923.68 ha. 

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


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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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