Northern Alberta Wildfires – State of Emergency Update
Alberta Government Update: Northern Alberta & Fort McMurray Wildfire (May 6th 2:30 p.m.)
Public safety remains the key priority as the wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn. Provincial fire crews continue their efforts to reduce the threat to property and infrastructure.
• The Alberta government has declared a provincial state of emergency.
• The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for:
- Fort McMurray
- Gregoire Lake Estates
- Fort McMurray First Nation
• There are currently six reception centres operating within the province. Details are available on the Alberta government emergency updates website.
• All evacuees whether they’re staying with friends and family or at hotels, must register by calling the Red Cross at 1-888-350-6070 or now online for (for families under 7 people) Register here: http://ow.ly/4nv8QH.
• Evacuees who had to leave animals at home call 780-743-7000 Pulse or 780-788-4200 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
There are currently 11 reception centres operating within the province. Additional details are available on the Alberta government emergency updates website:
- Fort McKay – Fort McKay Business Centre
- Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
- Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
- St Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
- Moose Haven- 1, Janvier *expected to close May 5
- Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
- Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
- Smokey Lake Reception Centre
- SAIT - Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor Employees and Evacuees in camps
- Fort Chippewan Reception Centre *For First Nation Band Members only
- Town of Athabasca Reception Centre – Athabasca Multiplex, #2 University Drive
Information for affected residents
• Evacuated residents should retain all their receipts for food purchases, accommodations and other related expenses to provide to their insurer for possible reimbursement.
• A boil-water advisory has been issued by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This advisory also affects camps within the region.
• Area camps that get water from EPCOR, or any provider other than the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are not affected and do not need to boil water, at this time.
Please Note: Fort McKay residents do not need to boil water prior to using. This boil water advisory excludes Fort McKay.
• Albertans can stay informed on latest developments by downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps.
• Alberta Health Services has issued an Air Quality Advisory for the Fort McMurray area; residents are advised to take appropriate precautions.
• Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.
Closures and affected services
• All provincial offices in Fort McMurray are closed due to the evacuation.
• Motorists should not travel to Fort McMurray on either Highway 63 or Highway 881. Only essential travel should be undertaken.
• Highway 63 is closed at the Airport Road Junction. Only southbound traffic may pass through the barricade.
• There are traffic controls in place at Highway 63 and 881. Priority is given to emergency responders. Southbound traffic is allowed.
• Traffic controls are in place at Highway 63 and 55 at Atmore Drive. Only traffic to Wandering River is allowed to pass.
• Traffic controls are in place at Highway 851 and 881. Drivers are allowed to travel as far as Conklin.
Donations and volunteers
• The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations via phone, online or through text message. Details can be found at www.redcross.ca.
• At this time, we are not seeking volunteers.
Emergency Fuel Locations
- Approximately 60 km south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 186);
- Approximately 100 km south of Fort McMurray at Mariana Lakes (Kilometre 130); and
- Approximately 165 km south of Fort McMurray (Kilometre 85)
• If you have personal identification and a means to pay, please visit any community pharmacy to have your prescriptions looked up online through Netcare.
• If you do not have personal identification, please visit an evacuation centre. Medical staff or pharmacists will assess you and will either administer necessary drugs or provide a bridging prescription, with directions to community pharmacies that can assist.
• Resources are also available through the Alberta Health Services website
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