Current facts on the wildfires in Northern Alberta.
- In the last 24 hours there have been 33 new wildfires.
- Currently, Alberta has 63 wildfires: 13 are out of control, 14 are being held, 35 are under control and 1 has been turned over to the responsible party.
- Since April 1, 723 fires and 29,660 hectares have burned.
- The wildfire outlook in Alberta remains severe through to the end of this week.
- The Alberta Emergency Management Agency and the Alberta government are closely monitoring the situation.
- Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has 660 firefighters and 75 helicopters deployed
- Approximately 1,000 firefighters, 106 helicopters, and 2 air tankers are pre-positioned across the province to fight new wildfires.
- 116 firefighters and a 10-person incident management team have been imported from Ontario and Quebec.
- All evacuation orders have now been lifted.
- People who were previously under a mandatory evacuation order are in the process of returning to their homes. The local authorities are coordinating their re-entry.
- Air quality in much of the northern regions of the province will continue to be affected by the smoke.
- Alberta Health Services has issued a Precautionary Air Quality Advisory for the entire North zone and Edmonton areas.
- The Cold Lake-specific Air Quality Advisory issued by AHS on May 25 remains in place.
- These advisories alert Albertans to the health concerns and risks associated with smoky air conditions, and advise on important steps they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
- These advisories will remain in place until further notice.
Things to know
- A fire ban remains in effect.
- The wildfire outlook in Alberta continues to be severe.
- No campfires or other open fires are permitted in campgrounds or the backcountry.
- We ask that all Albertans listen to the authorities and follow evacuation orders in their communities.
- All Albertans are asked to respect the province-wide fire ban, to listen to emergency officials, and to download the Alberta Emergency Alert app and the Alberta Wildfire app to stay on top of the latest information.
- We encourage Albertans who are out of their homes to contact their insurance companies right away.