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Optimism continues during Alberta wildfire season

Optimism continues during Alberta wildfire season

May 30, 2024 | 2:27pm
Alberta Wildfire continues work on extinguishing wildfires throughout the province.  According to the Alberta Wildfire interactive map, there are 27 active wildfires in the province, with only one of them classified as out of control between Calgary and Banff.  Minister of Forestry and Parks Todd Loewen says the province’s wildfire prevention and response tactics have […]
RMWB launches FireSmart rebate program

RMWB launches FireSmart rebate program

May 28, 2024 | 7:10pm
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has launched a FireSmart home renovations rebate program. Homeowners looking to upgrade their residences with fire-resistant materials can apply for grant funding from the municipality. “Living within the boreal forest, wildfire is the number one risk in our region. We must continue to weave FireSmart into our communities,” […]
Fire south of Fort McMurray under control

Fire south of Fort McMurray under control

May 27, 2024 | 9:28pm
The wildfire identified as MWF-017, burning 5.5 kilometers south of Fort McMurray, is now under control, according to Alberta Wildfire. Alberta Wildfire stated that the fire is contained and will be extinguished. Currently, 173 firefighters and 15 helicopters are still actively engaged in suppressing the fire, focusing on locating and extinguishing any remaining hotspots within […]
Wildfire smoke may become visible
Jon Tupper

Wildfire smoke may become visible

May 26, 2024 | 5:50pm
Alberta Wildfire says that over the next few days, residents may occasionally see smoke from the fire south of Fort McMurray known as MWF-017. The fire is still considered “being held,” meaning that under current weather conditions and with current resources, the blaze is not expected to grow. The weather in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo […]
Update From Fort McMurray – May 24, 2024

Update From Fort McMurray – May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024 | 8:17am
The situation has remained ideal in Fort McMurray, as the hard work out in the smoldering forest continues. No fire growth in approximately ten days!
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 […]
Overnight efforts, rain, and wind direction helping limit fire growth near Fort McMurray

Overnight efforts, rain, and wind direction helping limit fire growth near Fort McMurray

May 16, 2024 | 3:39pm
Progress is being made by firefighting crews battling the out-of-control wildfire southwest of Fort McMurray.  The fire was remapped last night. It now sits at 19,820 hectares in size. Alberta Wildfire says the fire did not decrease in size, but it was mapped more accurately, leading to the decrease in hectares.  The wildfire is still […]