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Fire advisory issued for Fort McMurray forest area

Fire advisory issued for Fort McMurray forest area

Apr 9, 2024 | 7:39pm
Alberta Wildfire is issuing a Fire Advisory for the Fort McMurray Forest Area. The current fire hazard in our region is considered moderate. The advisory is being issued due to current and forecasted conditions in our region. Under the advisory, new fire permits will only be issued on a case-by-case basis. Current permits remain valid, […]
Alberta invests in new technology to fight wildfires
Alberta Wildfire

Alberta invests in new technology to fight wildfires

Mar 4, 2024 | 5:27am
Budget 2024 is investing more money to help combat wildfires. With many regions of Alberta at heightened risk for forest fires, the government is spending an additional $151 million over the next three years for more firefighters and new technology to help beat back any blazes. In addition to more fire crews, there are extra […]
Province announces start of Wildfire Season
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Province announces start of Wildfire Season

Feb 20, 2024 | 6:05pm
Alberta has declared an early start to this year’s wildfire season. The fire season typically runs from March 1st to October 31st, but yesterday Minister of Forestry and Parks, Todd Loewen, announced that the season is starting immediately. Burn permits are now required for anyone who plans on burning in the Alberta Forest Area. The […]
Union raises concerns about wildfire preparedness

Union raises concerns about wildfire preparedness

Feb 20, 2024 | 5:15am
Alberta’s wildfire season officially starts March 1st, and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is sounding the alarm over the government’s preparedness. AUPE says the Government of Alberta’s failure to hire and retain dedicated wildfire fighting staff threatens Albertans’ safety. Members of AUPE employed by Alberta Wildfire say that the organization has been grappling […]
IBC estimates NWT fires cost over $60 million

IBC estimates NWT fires cost over $60 million

Nov 20, 2023 | 7:23pm
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is tallying the costs of the summer fires in Yellowknife and Hay River. Based on IBC’s initial estimates, the wildfires resulted in over $60 million of insurable losses. The forest fires in the Northwest Territories led to the evacuation of nearly 25 thousand people over the summer, and the […]
RMWB, Alberta Wildfire planning controlled burns in Fort McMurray

RMWB, Alberta Wildfire planning controlled burns in Fort McMurray

Oct 17, 2023 | 5:21am
Regional Emergency Services (RES) will be conducting a controlled burn this week. Fire Crews from RES along with Alberta Wildfire will be out at Morgan Heights and Harpe Heights in the Timberlea neighbourhood overseeing a hazard reduction burn to help reduce the wildfire risk in the area. The hazard reduction burns in Timberlea are planned […]
Wood Buffalo Complex wildfire continues to grow

Wood Buffalo Complex wildfire continues to grow

Sep 15, 2023 | 10:14am
The Wood Buffalo Complex fire continues to burn out of control just over three kilometers from Fort Smith and Fort Fitzgerald. The blaze has grown to over 485,000 hectares with 320 personnel working to contain it. As of September 13th, 21 km of the northern fire perimeter is considered controlled, while 93 kilometers is considered […]
Crews continue to fight Wood Buffalo Complex fire

Crews continue to fight Wood Buffalo Complex fire

Aug 31, 2023 | 9:42am
Alberta Wildfire says crews have made good progress in fighting the Wood Buffalo Complex fire. The fire is being managed under a unified command between the Government of Northwest Territories, Parks Canada, and Alberta Wildfire. The blaze is estimated at 472,205 hectares in size and is burning 3.1 km from Fort Fitzgerald in the Regional […]