Update 5 | Fort McMurray Wildfire | Alberta Canada

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Start Date.  

  • 5/1/2016.


  • Unknown
  • Under Investigation


  • 85,000 hectares or 211,811 acres.

Fire Behavior.

  •  Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 40 wildfires are burning, with five out of control, eight being held, 21 under control, and six turned over to the responsible parties.

State of Emergency.  

  • Provincial State of Emergency declared 5/4/2016.

Structure Protection.  

  • Fire crews are treating the Birchwood Trails as a HIGH priority.  They are working to protect the area.



  • 1200 Firefighers
  • 110 helicopters
  • 295 pieces of heavy equipments
  • 27+ Air Tankers
  • 30 approx Calgary Firefighters
  • Unknown # of Canadian Military Forces
  • More than 1,200 firefighters, approximately 110 helicopters, 295 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.


Active Mandatory Evacuation Alert.

  •  Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray First Nation, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates.  See the Alberta.gov’s web page for helpful information and tips. http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm

Mackenzie County

  • Mackenzie County will maintain the State of Local Emergency over the weekend; for residents living in Township 109 range 19 west of 5 between Townships road 1090 and 1094 east to the Bushe River, also 17,18,19,28,29,30,31,32 Township 108 Range 18 west 5. There is no immediate danger.
  •  Residents are asked to remain on evacuation alert over the weekend. We ask that local residents only access the road at this time. This will allow easy access of emergency response vehicles as they continue to work and maintain the fire. For more information call 780 927 3718.

Clear Hills County

  • There is a wildfire in Clear Hills County north of highway 64 and east of the B.C. border. This is an evacuation preparedness alert.If you live north of Highway 64 in Cherry Point, Bear Canyon or Cleardale, in Clear Prairie or Worsley north of Highway 64 and west of range road 80 secondary highway 726 prepare to evacuate on short notice.
  • Avoid moving to higher ground. Stay away from heavily vegetated areas. Any persons having trouble breathing due to smoke should seek immediate medical assistance. Listen to local authorities for updates

Returning Home.

  • Residents of Fort McMurray should not expect to return home for an extended period of time. Public safety is our number-one priority, and residents won’t be able to return home until it is safe to do so.

Traffic Alerts.

Boil Water Alert.  

  • Alberta Health Services has issued a boil-water advisory for the area of Fort McMurray including Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, Janvier, Fort McKay and nearby work camps that use water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure.


Emergency Fuel Locations.  

Operating in safety rest areas in the following locations on Highway 63:

  • Approximately 60 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 186)
  • Approximately 100 kilometres south of Fort McMurray at Mariana Lake (Kilometre 130)
  • Approximately 165 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 85)
  • Alberta Transportation is operating a new emergency refueling station approximately 30 kilometres north of Fort McMurray on the southbound ramp of the Suncor Voyageur Interchange.
  • A private vendor is selling fuel north of the traffic control point at the Highway 63 Parsons Creek Interchange, just south of Supertest Hill.
  • Quantities are limited and will be restricted to motorists who need fuel to get them to the nearest fuel centre.

Reception and Reception Centres.  

10 reception centres operating within the province.

  • Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St. Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven – 1 Janvier
  • Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake – 4612 – 54 Avenue
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor employees and evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chipewyan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band members only



  • Disaster Response activated.

Emergency Financial Support . 

  • Albertans can call 310-4455 for information and stay up to date on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps

Mental Health Support.  

  • Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

Insurance Claims. 

  • Anyone who has suffered a property loss should contact their insurance provider. They may also be entitled to additional living expenses under their insurance policies.


Public Assistance.

  • Assistance of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent to help meet immediate needs being provided by the Government.
  • This assistance will likely be provided in the form of pre-loaded debit cards.
  • Details on when this assistance will be available and how to access it will be announced by May 11, 2016.  Government of Alberta offices will not have additional information until this time. When details are available they will be posted on this page and available through 310-4455.


  • Fort McKay. Fort McKay Business Centre
  • Lac La Biche. The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
  • Edmonton. Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
  • St Paul . Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
  • Moose Haven. 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
  • Grasslands. Community Hall, Main Street
  • Drayton Valley. Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
  • Smokey Lake Reception Centre
  • SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
  • Fort Chippewan Reception Centre  *For First Nation Band Members only
  • Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
  • ESRD. Main Lobby.  Monday – Friday, 0815 – 1600 Hours.  Phone #780-310-3773.  Fax #780-427-4407.  Email:  ESRDInfo-centre@govab.ca

North Evacuees.  (As of 5/6/2016 1230 MDT)

  • Ground evacuations of people north of Fort McMurray began today, and will continue during daylight hours as weather and fire conditions permit. Vehicles are permitted to travel south on Highway 63 towards Edmonton or alternative accommodations.

Red Cross Canada’s Safe and Well Registration.

  •  All evacuees (whether they’re staying at hotels, in campgrounds or with family or friends) need to register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070. This will ensure officials know how to reach you and verify you got out safely. Evacuees staying at reception centres can register reception centre staff.


Anzac and Gregoire Lake Estates.

  •  Under Extreme threats.

Green Areas

  •  Homes near green areas due to sparks and high winds creating spot fires.

Stone Creek, Navea, North Abasand & towers.

  • Facing active fire.


Environmental Emergencies.

  •  800-222-6514.

 Report a Wildfire   

  • 310-3473.


Damaged – Minor

  • Airport facility outer buildings.  Primary infrastructure is still intact.

Damaged – Unknown Status

  • Downtown Fort McMurray has 1 structure damaged. N of Hangingstone River is left untouched.

Damaged – Significant

  • Hotel @ Fort McMurray’s Old Airport Terminal.  Extensive damage. Unknown
  • Old Airport Road.  Structures seriously damaged.
  • Saprae Creek.  30% significant damaged to homes.
  •  Prospect area.  Fire crews have stopped the fire from crossing over Confederation Way.


  • Fort McMurray, Lac Ste Anne and Mackenzie Counties.  1600 Homes destroyed.  No house numbers or street names available, says the Government due to not logistically possible.


Alaska Highway.

  •  Mile 80 of Alaska Highway area in the Peace River Regional District.

Hwy 63.  

  • Complete Hwy 63. Closed to the public. (as of 5/5/2016)



There is current a Fire ban across the whole Province of Alberta in Canada.


Alberta Province


Red Cross – Canada.  

  • The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.


  • The government is currently sufficiently staffed. No volunteers are needed at this time.


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