Fire conditions are high to extreme in northeastern Alberta.
The Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control. It is estimated to cover 522,892 hectares, including 2,496 hectares in Saskatchewan.
A total of 17 wildfires are burning. Only the Fort McMurray fire remains out of control.
The wildfire west of Janvier is now classified as under control.
There are 1,989 firefighters, 88 helicopters, 253 pieces of heavy equipment and 25 air tankers currently battling the fires.
Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort McMurray First Nation and Fort McKay First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.
ATCO has released a utility restoration map regarding the status of electricity and natural gas services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo:atcoresponds.com
The temperature forecast for today is 21 C with a relative humidity of 30 to 35 per cent.
Temperatures are forecast to be moderate over the next few days, with a possibility of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday.
Voluntary, phased re-entry of residents is scheduled to begin June 1.
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Government of Alberta have released a Re-entry Information Booklet to help plan a safe return to the community.
Information centres will be set up throughout the region to offer support and resources for returning residents.
Oil sands operations have begun a phased re-entry. Access to camp is preferred via air or bus transportation. Workers should contact their employers for details.
Temporary Housing Support:
The Wildfire Evacuee Transitional Accommodation (WETA) benefit is available to evacuees who do not have insurance or who have insufficient insurance to pay for temporary accommodation costs in Alberta.
Eligible evacuees can contact 310-4455 for information and apply in person at Alberta Works offices throughout the province. Residents must present personal identification, their Canadian Red Cross registration number, proof of primary residence in the evacuated area and confirmation of the address of their temporary housing (such as hotel receipts or a rental agreement).
Emergency Financial Assistance – Debit Cards:
People with immediate needs can call the 24-hour Emergency Income Support Contact Centre at 1-866-644-9992.
Starting Tuesday, May 24, eligible evacuees will be able to apply for their debit card at Alberta Works Centres in Grande Prairie, Lac La Biche, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge during regular business hours.
Information for affected residents:
So far, more than 80,000 participants have listened to the telephone town halls.
Telephone town halls are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for May 24 – 26.
Evacuees who have registered their cellphone numbers and emergency contact numbers with the Red Cross will be phoned before 7 p.m.
For more information on services and updates, please visit the Government of Alberta emergency website at: emergency.alberta.ca.
AHS has health-care teams at several reception centres and help is also available by calling Health Link toll-free at 811 or the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642.
Alberta Health Services is providing 24/7 basic health services and emergency and urgent care at the Fort McMurray Urgent Care Centre located at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre (9908 Penhorwood Street).
The Urgent Care Clinic Centre is available to anyone in the Fort McMurray region – including returning evacuees, first responders and restoration workers – as hospital restoration work continues.
A boil-water advisory remains in effect for the area of Fort McMurray including Saprae Creek, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates, Gregoire Lake Provincial Park and nearby work camps that pull water from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Water Treatment Plant.
AHS has issued an air-quality advisory for the Fort McMurray area, as well as a precautionary air-quality advisory for Edmonton and communities in the North Zone due to wildfires; residents are advised to take appropriate precautions.