The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is VERY HIGH around Fort McMurray, and VERY HIGH in the Fort Chipewyan/Fort Smith area.
A FIRE RESTRICTION is in place due to hot and dry conditions which increase the fire danger.
Under this restriction:
- Existing fire permits are suspended;
- All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
- Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.
- Wood campfires on public land
- Fireworks and exploding targets
- Wood campfires on private land
- Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
- Backyard fire pits on private land
- Charcoal briquette barbeques
- Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
- Indoor wood fires
- Open flame oil devices
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. The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Human caused fires are generally 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 five active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA). Three of these wildfires are being held and two are under control. Since March 1, there have been 25 wildfires in the FMFA, burning a total of 264.08 (ha).
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATEAs of 10 a.m. there are 21 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One of these wildfires is out of control, 11 are being held and nine are under control.
Since March 1 there have been 602 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 1,602.76 (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.
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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