Wildfire Update, May 25: State of Emergency remains in place

Alberta is still in a state of emergency due to wildfires.

The number of people evacuated due to the fires has decreased to just under 7000, and recent showers in western and central Alberta have helped reduce smoke and lessen the intensity of the fires in some areas.

According to Alberta Wildfire’s hazard map, the fire hazard is currently low from north-central Alberta to the Rockies, but the Northeast and Northwest regions have higher levels of fire hazard ranging from moderate to extreme.

Fort McMurray is still facing an extreme wildfire danger rating, resulting in the RMWB’s continued ban on backyard fires, fireworks, and the use of charcoal. The provincial fire ban and OHV restrictions remain in place across Alberta.

Good Samaritans continue to step in with offers of support for the wildfire effort and for evacuees.

The province says Government staff have been coordinating a high volume of offers from Albertans and from others across North America.

Individuals and companies with goods or services to offer or donate to support the government’s response to the wildfire can continue to email [email protected]

Albertans who wish to help can make cash donations through the Canadian Red Cross or within their regions to a recognized charitable organization of their choice.

The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta will each match every dollar donated, so every $1 will become $3 to support those affected by the wildfires.

The Canadian Red Cross is launching an Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations program to deliver urgent and ongoing support for people affected by wildfires across Alberta.

Eligible community organizations providing immediate relief assistance may apply for $5,000 in one-time funding. View full program eligibility criteria.

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