Fort McMurray Forest Area hazard ‘extreme’ as wildfire emergency continues

Alberta remains under a state of emergency as the wildfire situation in our province shows no signs of abating.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from communities throughout northern and central Alberta.

Residents of several areas have also been told to be ready to evacuate on short notice including Nordegg, Grovesdale, parts of Wetaskawin, and the town of High Prairie.

Over a dozen municipal districts and two first nations have declared states of local emergency.

A fire ban, and an OHV restriction remain in place across the province. Outdoor fires are also currently banned within Fort McMurray, along with the use of charcoal grills and fireworks.

Alberta Wildfire is listing the fire hazard in the Fort McMurray Forest area as Extreme. There are only two fires burning in our forest district, both are considered under control, and they are not a threat to the surrounding communities currently.

There are multiple road closures and advisories for north and central Alberta. The province is advising travelers to consult Alberta 511 prior to heading out on provincial highways, as restrictions and closures may occur with short notice.

The province is also reminding everyone if they see a wildfire, call 310-FIRE to report it.

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