Fort McMurray Area Update

Fort McMurray Forest Area - January 18, 2021

Posted on Mon, Jan 18, 2021

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Wildfire Update - January 18, 2021

The wildfire danger rating in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is LOW.  

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BURNING SAFETY

Fire permits are only required between March 1st and October 31st and therefore you are not currently required to contact Alberta Wildfire when burning. For any large scale burning we would appreciate location information in the event that smoke is reported by the public.  

To assist the Fort McMurray Forest Area, please report your winter burning by contacting the office (780) 743-7125 with the following:

  • name of landowner burning or company and representative name
  • phone number in case of emergency
  • legal land description or latitude/longitude

Following safe burning practices during this period will help prevent holdover fires that can start spring wildfires. Although the snow helps reduce the risk of the fire burning into the ground, we recommend that you check all fall and winter burn sites to ensure that the fire is out. Walk the burn area and roll over any debris to check for hot spots.

Here are a few things to consider when burning this winter:

  • Ensure that you have the proper tools with you at any burn site.
  • Be aware of forecasted wind conditions.  Wind can pick up sparks or embers and start a wildfire if the conditions are right.
  • As with any burning, do not attempt to burn more than you can control.
  • Frequently check your burns, especially in the spring.  A smoldering fire can burrow under the ground and re-surface months later. 
  • If you have any questions about proper burning procedures, visit wildfire.alberta.ca or phone 310-0000.

You can refer to the Brush Piles and Windrows Pamphlet for more information and safe burning practices.

For more information, please contact: 

Provincial Information Officer

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

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