Smoke Roaming Across Town After Lightning Causes Multiple Wildfire, None Posing A Threat At This Time

Smoke may be a common sight over the next couple of days.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 40 active wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

Six are considered out of control, 25 are being held, and nine are reportedly under control.

Thirty-seven are believed to have been caused by lightning with the other three still being looked into.

The majority are around one hectare in size, while the biggest is around 10,800 hectares. This fire is north of Fort McKay, close to the Saskatchewan Border, and is reportedly being held.

None of these fires are currently threatening any community.

One blaze, located within the Lac La Biche Forest Area, is within a couple kilometres of Janvier, however, it is currently being held.

These fires are grabbing the attention of at least one oil company.

Imperial Oil provided an update over the weekend to employees at their Kearl site, located around 70 km north of Fort McMurray.

In a letter obtained by Mix News, the company says none of the fires pose a risk to site.

They did outline evacuation procedures just in case there is an emergency.

Meanwhile, a fire restriction remains in place across the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

This means all existing permits are suspended and wood campfires on private land are prohibited unless done in a backyard pit or within a fire ring on a campground.

Those who do start a campfire are asked to soak it, stir it, and soak it again until it’s cool to the touch to ensure it 100 per cent out.

Off-highway-vehicle users are also reminded to check their exhaust as it can easily catch debris and potentially start a fire.

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