Wildfire Status Update #3

May 14, 2024 | Announcement

MWF017 is still classified as out of control at 9,602 hectares.

The wildfire had grown significantly to the northeast yesterday. The closest point of the fire is about 13.5km from the Fort McMurray Landfill. The wildfire is about 13km from the intersection of highways 63 & 881.

Fire behaviour increased in the afternoon yesterday and the fire was active into the evening. Shifting winds led to growth in multiple directions and created large smoke columns.

Two night vision helicopters and a heavy equipment group worked overnight.

Firefighters continue to work on establishing a containment line today. Heavy equipment are working on a fire guard to the southwest of Fort McMurray and on the northern edge of the fire. Helicopters and airtankers will be dropping water on the active edges of the fire. There are 70 firefighters and 14 helicopters currently assigned to the wildfire.

Today, winds are expected from the west-southwest at 20 km/h, gusting to 35 km/h, with a high of 21C. This will be a challenging day for firefighters. Smoke will be present in the area.

Structure protection was installed on the Rickards Landing Industrial Park, Gregoire Lake Estates and Gregoire Lake 176. A plan is in place for structure protection along Amoco road, if required. Firefighters are working on a plan for structure protection in the southern industrial part of Fort McMurray.

The cause of this wildfire remains under investigation.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has issued an evacuation alert for the residents of Fort McMurray, Saprae Creek, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Anzac. See Alberta Emergency Alert for the latest information. 

See 511 Alberta for the latest information on road closures.