Update 43: Alberta wildfire situation (June 15, 4:30 p.m.)

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As re-entry begins in some communities, Albertans returning home should follow updates from local authorities.

Current situation

  • The evacuation order for the town of Edson will be lifted at 6 p.m. today. Information on re-entry is available at edson.ca. The town will remain on a four-hour evacuation alert. Residents should be ready to leave in a short time frame if conditions worsen.
  • The evacuation order for some areas of Yellowhead County has been lifted and a partial re-entry began on June 14 at 6 p.m. The evacuation order for the remaining areas of Yellowhead County will end at 6 p.m. today. Information for re-entry is available at yhcounty.ca.
  • The evacuation order for the remaining area of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation was lifted as of June 14. Information for re-entry is available at sturgeonlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect as of 7:55 a.m. June 15  for Brazeau County, west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south, including Lodgepole and Cynthia.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Woodlands County as of 6:04 p.m. June 14: north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 379 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 138
    • Under investigation: 125
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 3 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 13,607
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Support for evacuees

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • Since the announcement of one-time emergency financial assistance for evacuees, more than 24,300 applications have been processed.
  • More than $31.7 million in e-transfers has been sent to evacuees.
  • More than $10.6 million in debit cards has been distributed.
  • Residents who have been evacuated from Edson and Yellowhead County can apply for emergency evacuation assistance.
  • Alberta Supports staff will provide debit cards to evacuees at the Edmonton Expo Centre:
    • Until June 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • June 17 to 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations

  • Albertans who wish to help can make cash donations through the Canadian Red Cross or within their regions to a recognized charitable organization of their choice.
  • The Canadian Red Cross has launched an Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations program to deliver urgent and ongoing support for people affected by wildfires across Alberta.
  • Eligible community organizations providing immediate relief assistance may apply for $5,000 in one-time funding. View full program eligibility criteria.

For more information on the emergency and supports for evacuees, go to alberta.ca/emergency.
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Update 42: Alberta wildfire situation (June 14, 4:30 p.m.)

  • The evacuation order for some areas of Yellowhead County has been lifted and a partial re-entry will begin at 6 p.m. today.
  • The re-entry area is west of Highway 751 along north of Highway 16 (excluding the town of Edson) to Range Road 183, north to Township Road 540 to Range Road 190 to Township Road 550 and everywhere north of this area.
  • Information for re-entry is available at yhcounty.ca.
  • The north area of Yellowhead County that is being reopened will be under an evacuation alert.
  • Some areas of Yellowhead County, including the town of Edson, remain under an evacuation order.
  • The area in Yellowhead County that remains under an evacuation order is west of Range Road 114, south of Highway 16 (including the town of Edson) to Range Road 183, north to Township Road 540 to Range Road 190 to Township Road 550, south to Highway 16, including the hamlet of Marlboro and Millers Lake, continuing west along Highway 16 to Range Road 213 south to Township Road 520 and east back to Range Road 114. A reception centre has been set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect as of 8:04 a.m. June 14  for Brazeau County, west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south, including Lodgepole and Cynthia.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Woodlands County as of 6 p.m. June 12: north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 376 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 137
    • Under investigation: 128
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 4 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 13,607
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 41: Alberta wildfire situation (June 13, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the area around the town of Edson, from approximately Obed Lake to Chip Lake. The remainder of Yellowhead County is on evacuation alert. A reception centre has been set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect as of 8:06 a.m. June 13  for Brazeau County, west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south, including Lodgepole and Cynthia.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Woodlands County as of 6 p.m. June 12: north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • There are multiple road closures and advisories for north-central Alberta. Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 375 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 134
    • Under investigation: 126
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • A weather pattern change begins today, with rain moving into the province. Temperatures will be cooler in western regions, with accumulating rain, and remain hot in eastern regions. Thunderstorms are expected, possibly severe, in central regions.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 4 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 14,046
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 40: Alberta wildfire situation (June 12, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the area around the town of Edson, from approximately Obed Lake to Chip Lake. The remainder of Yellowhead County is on evacuation alert. A reception centre has been set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • The evacuation order for the Sweathouse area of the M.D. of Greenview is no longer in effect as of 4 p.m. on June 11.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect as of 8:18 a.m. June 12  for Brazeau County, west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south, including Lodgepole and Cynthia.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Woodlands County as of 6:05 p.m. on June 11: north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Grande Prairie County for everyone located north of Township Road 732, west of Range Road 131 and south of Township Road 742.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • There are multiple road closures and advisories for north-central Alberta. Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 368 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 129
    • Under investigation: 135
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 5 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 14,046
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 39: Alberta wildfire situation (June 11, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the area around the town of Edson, from approximately Obed Lake to Chip Lake.
  • The remainder of Yellowhead County is on evacuation alert.
  • A reception centre has been set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the Sweathouse area of the M.D. of Greenview. A reception centre has been set up at the Horizon Inn in Valleyview.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Woodlands County as of 6:51 p.m. on June 9: north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Grande Prairie County for everyone located north of Township Road 732, west of Range Road 131 and south of Township Road 742.
  • An evacuation alert has been issued for Brazeau County west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • There are multiple road closures and advisories for north-central Alberta.
  • Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 357 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 122
    • Under investigation: 150
  • Albertans are asked to do their part this weekend to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 4
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 3 orders and 4 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 13,965
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 38: Alberta wildfire situation (June 10, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
  • An evacuation order is in effect for Yellowhead County. The western boundary of the evacuation zone is Range Road 200 and the northern boundary is Township Road 570 to Range Road 160, then north to Township Road 580, east to Highway 751 and south to Township Road 520. This includes the town of Edson. West of Highway 47 to Medicine Lodge Road (212A) is also under evacuation order. An evacuation alert is in place for the rest of Yellowhead County. A reception centre has been set up at the Edmonton Expo Centre.
  • An evacuation order is in effect as of 8:08 p.m. June 9 for the Sweathouse area of the M.D. of Greenview. A reception centre has been set up at the Horizon Inn in Valleyview.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect for Brazeau County west of Range Road 95 to the entire Brazeau County border from north to south.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect for Woodlands County north of Township Road 561, west of Range Road 120 south of Groat Creek Road, Township Road 584 west of the McLeod River to Range Road 144 east of the McLeod River to Range Road 123 at Whitecourt Mountain.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Grande Prairie County for everyone located north of Township Road 732, west of Range Road 131 and south of Township Road 742.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • There are multiple road closures and advisories for north-central Alberta.
  • Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 356 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 119
    • Under investigation: 146
  • Albertans are asked to do their part this weekend to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across for parts of the province. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 6
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 5 orders and 5 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 11,480
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,900 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 37: Alberta wildfire situation (June 9, 4:30 p.m.)

  • An evacuation order is in effect as of 11:48 a.m. today for southeast of Haddock, east of McLeod River in Yellowhead County, south of Township Road 554 on East Bank Road and west to McLeod River.
  • An evacuation order took effect at 6:32 p.m. on June 8 for northeast of Peers in Yellowhead County, south of Township Road 554 to the CN Rail Line between Highway 32 to Range Road 134.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect as of 12:59 p.m. today for the entire municipality of Yellowhead County, including the town of Edson.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect for the Sweathouse area in Greenview No. 16 as of 10:35 a.m. today for everyone south of Township Road 700, west of Range Road 190, north of Township Road 680 and east of Range Road 200.
  • An evacuation alert remains in effect for Grande Prairie County for everyone located north of Township Road 732, west of Range Road 131 and south of Township Road 742.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order.
  • View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Current year wildfires by suspected cause:
    • Human: 356 (Human-caused wildfires cover several different categories – everything from recreational fires to agricultural incidents to wildfires caused by people on residential land. Human-caused wildfires account for more than half of all wildfires annually.)
    • Lightning: 114
    • Under investigation: 148
  • Albertans are asked to do their part this weekend to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect across northern Alberta. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 4
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 2 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 3,552
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,900 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 36: Alberta wildfire situation (June 8, 4:30 p.m.)

  • An evacuation order is in effect as of 12:05 p.m. today for Yellowhead County between south of Township Road 560 on the East Bank Road and west to the McLeod River.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect as of 1:35 p.m. today for Yellowhead County west of the McLeod River to Range Road 140, from Township Road 560 to Township Road 554.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect as of 1:13 p.m. today for Grande Prairie County for everyone located north of Township Road 732, west of Range Road 131 and south of Township Road 742.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew Cree First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order. View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Temperatures continue to increase across the province and heat warnings are in effect over much of central Alberta. Special air quality statements remain in effect across northern Alberta. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 4
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 2 alerts
  • Number of evacuees: 3,512
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 35: Alberta wildfire situation (June 7, 4:30 p.m.)

  • The Municipal District of Opportunity has lifted its evacuation order for Chipewyan Lake as of June 7. Re-entry began at noon.
  • Re-entry continues for the community of Chateh. Information is available at denetha.ca.
  • Re-entry continues for the town of Rainbow Lake. Information is available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order. View the full list of evacuation orders.
  • An evacuation alert is in effect for Saddle Hills County (White Mountain area) as of June 6 at 4:02 p.m.
  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Special air quality statements remain in effect in the north and heat warnings are in effect in the south – which will expand by the end of this week. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 3
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders and 1 alert
  • Number of evacuees: 3,600
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 34: Alberta wildfire situation (June 6, 4:30 p.m.)

  • Support continues to be available to Albertans 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Re-entry continues for the community of Chateh. Information is available at denetha.ca.
  • Re-entry continues for the town of Rainbow Lake. Information is available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • The conditions in northern Alberta have relatively improved with some wildfires receiving precipitation, which has assisted with wildfire operations and limited fire behaviour.
  • The fire danger is very moderate to low for most of the boreal region except for the Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, Whitecourt and Edson areas where the fire danger is high to very high.
  • There are currently 65 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 19 are classified as out of control, 17 are being held and 29 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories. Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 4
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 3,600
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 33: Alberta wildfire situation (June 5, 4:30 p.m.)

  • The 2023 spring wildfires state of emergency expired on June 3 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Support remains available 24-7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Officials have deemed the community of Chateh safe for re-entry, which began on June 5 at 9 a.m. Information is available at denetha.ca.
  • Re-entry continues for the town of Rainbow Lake. Information is available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation remain under evacuation order. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • The conditions in northern Alberta have relatively improved, with some wildfires receiving precipitation overnight, which have assisted with wildfire operations and limited fire behaviour.
  • The fire danger is very moderate to low for most of the boreal region except for the Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, Whitecourt and Edson areas where the fire danger is high to very high.
  • Fire danger for the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains from Jasper National Park to Calgary is very high, while the southern Rockies will experience extreme fire behaviour.
  • There are currently 64 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 18 are classified as out of control, 20 are being held and 26 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 4,334
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 32: Alberta wildfire situation (June 4, 5:00 p.m.)

  • The 2023 Spring Wildfires state of emergency expired on June 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Support remains available 24/7. Visit alberta.ca/emergency or call 310-4455.
  • Re-entry continues for the Town of Rainbow Lake. Information  available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • Albertans who have been evacuated or are returning home should continue to follow updates from their local authorities.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • There are currently 59 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 16 are classified as out-of-control, 18 are being held and 25 are under control.
  • 506 wildfires have been extinguished so far in 2023.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 4,334
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 31: Alberta wildfire situation (June 3, 5:00 p.m.)

  • The 2023 Spring Wildfires state of emergency expires on June 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. A provincial state of emergency in Alberta automatically expires after 28 days.
  • Today was the last scheduled media availability regarding the Alberta wildfire situation, but these situation updates will continue to be issued each day. Future media availabilities will be held if circumstances change and there are significant updates to report.
  • The Town of Rainbow Lake has lifted its evacuation order as of 9 a.m., June 2. Information for re-entry is available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • Albertans planning weekend activities are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • There are currently 58 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 15 are classified as out-of-control, 17 are being held and 26 are under control.
  • 504 wildfires have been extinguished so far in 2023.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas have changed to restrictions. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency until 11:59 p.m. June 3. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 4,334
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 30: Alberta wildfire situation (June 2, 5:00 p.m.)

  • The Town of Rainbow Lake has lifted its evacuation order as of 9 a.m., June 2. Information for re-entry is available at rainbowlake.ca.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • Weather patterns show dry conditions and light winds from the east and northeast throughout the province, with scattered showers over the foothills and southeastern Alberta.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • Albertans planning weekend activities are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • There are currently 56 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 15 are classified as out of control, 17 are being held and 24 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas have changed to restrictions. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
  • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
  • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
    • Number of evacuation orders: 5
    • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 3 orders
    • Number of evacuees: 4,417
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 29: Alberta wildfire situation (June 1, 5:00 p.m.)

  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • Weather patterns show a cold front bringing thunderstorms over northeastern Alberta by late afternoon. A weak trough will lie along the Eastern Slopes bringing thundershowers to the region.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • Albertans planning weekend activities are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • There are currently 60 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 17 are classified as out of control, 17 are being held and 26 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas have changed to restrictions. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 6
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 3 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 4,325
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Update 28: Alberta wildfire situation (May 31, 5:00 p.m.)

  • Weather patterns show scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening across the southern boreal and northern slopes.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • There are currently 61 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 16 are classified as out of control, 21 are being held and 24 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas changed to restrictions on May 26. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 6
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 3
  • Number of evacuees: 4,401
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information
    • An evacuation order is in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 27: Alberta wildfire situation (May 30, 5:00 p.m.)

  • Weather patterns are showing a weak low developing over the Eastern Slopes, bringing showers and thunderstorms to the southwest boreal through to the Bow/Calgary zone.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • There are currently 64 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 18 are classified as out of control, 19 are being held and 27 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas changed to restrictions on May 26. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 3 (2 orders, 1 advisory)
  • Number of evacuees: 3,501
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information
    • On May 28, several new wildfires emerged in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.
      • An evacuation alert is in effect for the Hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate) and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
    • The MD of Greenview has cancelled its evacuation alert effective May 30.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 26: Alberta wildfire situation (May 29, 5:00 p.m.)

  • The fire danger is very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • A red flag watch has been issued for the northern boreal forest (High Level, Fort Vermilion, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray zones). A red flag watch occurs when weather and fuel conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread.
  • Weather patterns are showing another cold front moving across the boreal forest and it’s expected to lie across central Alberta by evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected.
  • There are currently 60 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 18 are classified as out of control, 17 are being held and 25 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas changed to restrictions on May 26. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 4 (2 orders, 2 advisories)
  • Number of evacuees: 3,501
  • Alberta currently has more than 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information
    • On May 28, several new wildfires emerged in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. No evacuation orders or alerts are in place at this time. The province is monitoring this wildfire closely.
    • The Town of Valleyview has cancelled its evacuation alert effective May 29.
    • The Town of Swan Hills has cancelled its evacuation alert effective May 29.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 25: Alberta wildfire situation (May 28, 5:30 p.m.)

  • The fire danger is very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province, moderate to very high in the central and southern regions, and moderate to very high from the central region to the northern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Weather patterns are showing a chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms in central and northeast regions. No widespread rain is expected. Strong winds are expected, especially across the north. Special air quality statements remain in effect for northern Alberta.
  • There are currently 57 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 17 are classified as out of control, 17 are being held and 23 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Fire bans in some areas changed to restrictions on May 26. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Alberta continues to be under a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 6 (2 orders, 4 advisories)
  • Number of evacuees: 3,501
  • Alberta currently has more than 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information
    • The Alberta Supports centres in Leduc, Parkland, Slave Lake, Edson, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin have ended extended hours and have returned to regular hours.
    • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation has successfully completed Phase 2 of re-entry and has now begun Phase 3.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 24: Alberta wildfire situation (May 27, 6:30 p.m.)

  • Alberta has declared a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • The fire danger is very high in the northern regions of the province, moderate to high in the central and southern regions, and low from the central region to the northern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Weather patterns are showing a minimal chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms along the foothills or in the north-central regions. Special air quality statements remain in effect for northern Alberta.
  • There are currently 50 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 14 are classified as out of control, 14 are being held and 22 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Effective May 26, fire bans in some areas changed to restrictions. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Evacuation orders: 6
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 7 (3 orders, 4 advisories)
  • Number of evacuees: 5,257
  • Alberta currently has more than 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information:
    • The Alberta Supports centres in Leduc, Parkland, Slave Lake, Edson, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin have ended extended hours and have returned to regular hours.
    • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation has successfully completed Phase 2 of re-entry and has now begun Phase 3.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 23: Alberta wildfire situation (May 26, 5:00 p.m.)

  • Alberta has declared a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
  • The fire danger is very high in the northern regions of the province, moderate to high in the central and southern regions, and low from the central region to the northern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Weather patterns are showing a minimal chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms along the foothills or north-central regions. Special air quality statements remain in effect for northern Alberta.
  • There are currently 50 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 14 are classified as out of control, 13 are being held and 23 are under control.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
  • Evacuation orders: 6
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 9 (3 orders, 6 advisories)
  • Number of evacuees: 5,257
  • Alberta currently has more than 2,300 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada and the United States, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • New information:
    • Effective May 26, fire bans in some areas have changed to restrictions. Visit albertafirebans.ca for details.
    • The Alberta Supports centres in Leduc, Parkland, Slave Lake, Edson, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Wetaskiwin will end extended hours at 8 p.m. today, returning to regular hours on May 29.
    • Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation began Phase 2 of re-entry at 12:30 p.m. today.
    • View a full list of closures and restriction details.

Update 22: Alberta wildfire situation (May 25, 5:00 p.m.)

  • Alberta has declared a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call&

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