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Current Wildfires & Hazard Update - September 27, 2011

The wildfire approximately 20 kilometres south of Fort McMurray (MWF 075) has not grown significantly due to firefighters' quick response, lower temperatures and higher humidity. The size remains approximately 581 hectares. Six helicopters, 80 firefighters and various heavy equipment are on scene today.

Highway 63 is open to traffic. A speed limit of 50 km/hr is in place. Firefighters are working in the area and smoke from the wildfire may be present, so please use extreme caution when driving.

Bulldozers and firefighters have completed nearly three kilometres of fireguard. Work on fireguard completion continues today and crews are extinguishing hotspots.

If you have concerns about smoke-related health issues please phone My Health Alberta at 1-866-408-LINK-(5465) or visit myhealth.Alberta.ca.

For road closure information please phone AMA at 1-877-262-4997.

For more information on this wildfire, please phone 1-866-916-INFO (4636), visit our Facebook page at Alberta Wildfire Info or follow our Tweets at ABGovWildfire.

Wildfire Prevention Notices

Protecting our forests is everyone's responsibility. Before you ride your OHV, make sure the spark arrestor is in working condition. Any debris in the wheel wells, under the seat, and around the engine, manifold and exhaust should be cleaned off before you ride. Your vehicle can heat up over 200°C. When smouldering debris falls to the forest floor, it can start a wildfire.

If you're going to build a campfire, use designated fire pits and never leave your campfire unattended. When you go to bed or leave the site, soak the fire, stir the ashes and soak it again. If the ashes are cool to the touch, your campfire is out.

If you see smoke or fire in the forest, phone 310-FIRE (3473).