The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is LOW.
As we move into the fall months OHV use and hunting activity increases. We have been experiencing higher than average temperatures and still remain in higher drought conditions. This makes it important to continue to do your part to prevent wildfires.
There have been two recreation related fires this past week from careless individuals not extinguishing cooking and warming fires. When you’re planning your campfire, choose your site carefully:
- Hard-packed mineral soil or gravel is best.
- Scrape away any flammable material and use extra care around dead grass.
- Keep your fire small and protected from the wind.
- Ensure your campfire is completely extinguished before you leave. Spread the burning material to reduce the heat. Soak it with water or snow, stir up the ashes and soak it again. Use your bare hands to feel for heat. If the ashes feel cold then the campfire is fully extinguished.
You can reduce the risk of your off-highway vehicle causing a wildfire by following these simple steps:
Before you ride, clean out hot spots and remove debris from your machine.
After riding through muskeg or tall grass, stop and remove any build-up from your machine.
Carry firefighting equipment such as a small shovel, collapsible pail or fire extinguisher.
Wash your quad, trike or bike and keep it clean; do not wash in streams and creeks.
Make sure your muffler and spark arrestor are working properly.
Stop frequently. Take the time to knock debris from your machine’s hot spots. If the debris is smouldering, soak it, stir it, and soak it again to make sure it’s out.
For more information, please contact:
Provincial Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation