Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area Wildfire Update - May 31, 2021

Posted on Fri, May 28, 2021


The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is MODERATE south of Fort McMurray and HIGH in the northern region near Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith. Warmer temperatures and little precipitation have elevated the fire danger. We still need to stay vigilant and responsible when recreating in the forest area. 

Human caused fires are responsible for the majority of fires at this time of year. 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.


There are currently no active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA). Since March 1, there have been 12 wildfires in the FMFA, burning a total of 5.16 hectares (ha).


As of 10 a.m. on May 31, 2021, there are 20 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta.

Two of these wildfires are being held, 10 are under control and eight have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1 there have been 431 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 1,029.94 (ha). 

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit



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



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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