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Fire bans lifted south of Lake Athabasca
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Fire bans lifted south of Lake Athabasca

May 23, 2024 | 5:34am
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has lifted the fire ban for the urban service area. Alberta Wildfire is also lifting its fire ban for the Fort McMurray Forest Area, but only for areas south of Lake Athabasca. Due to a very high fire danger forecast, the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan and areas north […]
Fire south of Fort McMurray now Being Held
Alberta Wildfire

Fire south of Fort McMurray now Being Held

May 20, 2024 | 2:48pm
Fire MWF-017 is now classified as, “Being Held.” Alberta Wildfire has reclassified the fire burning south of Fort McMurray to “Being Held.” This means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. The blaze, designated MWF-017, is 19,451 hectares and remains approximately 5.5 km south of […]
RMWB State of Emergency ends, evacuations lifted

RMWB State of Emergency ends, evacuations lifted

May 18, 2024 | 2:39pm
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has lifted the evacuation order for Abasand, Beacon Hill, Prairie Creek, and Grayling Terrace. All evacuated residents may return home immediately, and all remaining evacuation alerts and the State of Local Emergency have been lifted. The RMWB and Alberta Wildfire said recent rainfall has allowed them to make significant […]
Some growth in fire south of Fort McMurray.

Some growth in fire south of Fort McMurray.

May 15, 2024 | 8:31pm
FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta— A fire ban and off-highway-vehicle restrictions are in effect for the Fort McMurray Forest Area. No outdoor fires, barbecues using charcoal, or fireworks are allowed under the current rules. Any use of off-highway vehicles, including on trails, is strictly prohibited. The fire raging south of Fort McMurray experienced some growth on Wednesday […]
With updates: High winds continue to challenge firefighters

With updates: High winds continue to challenge firefighters

May 11, 2024 | 6:58pm
Update: 6:00 p.m. May 12, 2024 All schools remain open Monday in both the Fort McMurray Public and Fort McMurray Catholic School Divisions. District officials for both divisions say they are closely monitoring the wildfire situation and will communicate directly with parents if there are any changes. In light of the fire, Grade 9 provincial […]
Province increases supports for families of wildland firefighters

Province increases supports for families of wildland firefighters

May 7, 2024 | 5:31pm
Alberta is adding Wildland firefighters to the list of responders eligible for the Alberta Heros’ Fund. Since 2020, the Alberta Heros’ Fund has provided $100,000 to the families of first responders whose lives are lost in the line of duty. With this change, Heroes’ Fund payments now extend to workers who fight, suppress, or extinguish […]
Saprae Creek wildfire under control

Saprae Creek wildfire under control

Apr 25, 2024 | 7:06pm
The wildfire burning near Saprae Creek is now considered under control. The blaze began on April 21st prompting an evacuation alert to be issued for Saprae Creek Estates. Shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th, the province updated the fire status to, “under control.” According to Alberta Wildfire, “under control” means the wildfire is […]
New rules for outdoor fires in the RMWB

New rules for outdoor fires in the RMWB

Apr 25, 2024 | 1:57am
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is revising its Outdoor Fire Bylaw. The Municipal Council approved revisions to the rules governing outdoor fires at their meeting on April 22nd. The new bylaw contains major revisions regulating all outdoor fires and burning in the urban service area of Fort McMurray. “More than 60 per cent […]
Saprae Creek under evacuation alert due to a nearby wildfire

Saprae Creek under evacuation alert due to a nearby wildfire

Apr 21, 2024 | 4:34pm
Update, 8:00 p.m. April 21: Wood Buffalo RCMP are advising the public not to operate drones in the vicinity of the wildfire. Police say drones have been seen flying in the area of the wildfire, grounding helicopters attempting to fight the blaze. The RCMP say this is a significant risk to public safety, as helicopters […]
RMWB reaches ambulance deal with AHS

RMWB reaches ambulance deal with AHS

Apr 8, 2024 | 4:58am
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RWMB) is announcing a new agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to provide ambulance and EMS services in our region. The five-year contract ensures four fully staffed ambulances are available in the region 24/7. The deal also sees the continuation of the RMWB’s dual model, where staff are trained […]