Two new wildfires yesterday afternoon sprung up in the Fort McMurray Forest Protection area, with one being extinguished.
That’s according to Alberta Wildfire which adds the other is currently classified as being held at 0.1 hectares in size. It is located 3.9 kilometres north west of McClelland Lake, northwest of of Fort Hills. There are 12 firefighters and two helicopters working to contain it and currently, no communities are threatened.
Meanwhile the Fort McMurray fire remains nearly 70 per cent controlled. There was slight growth in the fire, but it’s still estimated to cover 586,707 hectares, including the Saskatchewan side, with a perimeter estimate of 987 kilometres. Crews have completed about 535 kilometres of dozer guard.
Hotspots are being managed in the Fort McMurray area. Smouldering ground fires can produce smoke – creating smoke columns that are visible from the city and surrounding areas. These smouldering ground fires do not pose any risk to the city of Fort McMurray.
Firefighters are constantly monitoring the situation and are actively extinguishing any fires that emerge. Anyone with information about new wildfires should call 1-866-394-3473. Reports of structural fires should be made to 911.
Environmental monitoring continues in the Fort McMurray region, including mobile air monitoring according to the province. Results of environmental testing data are now available online here.