Update 50: Alberta wildfire situation

Press Release

Current situation

  • The phased general re-entry of Fort Chipewyan residents continues, following the end of all evacuation orders for the hamlet and surrounding areas.
    • General community re-entry is the second phase of a plan to return all residents to their homes.
    • Residents with mobility issues and health conditions will be returned home once general community re-entry is complete.
    • States of local emergency remain in effect to support the re-entry effort.
    • Visit rmwb.ca for more information.
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for Little River Cree Nation – Fox Lake.
  • Number of evacuees: 2,752
  • 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: 394 (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: 154
    • Under investigation: 122
  • 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.
  • Alberta currently has more than 2,800 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Chile and South Africa.

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 26,200 applications have been processed.
  • More than $33.5 million in e-transfers has been sent to evacuees.
  • More than $11.7 million in debit cards has been distributed.

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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