Update 1: Alberta wildfires

News Release

Update 1: Alberta wildfires (May 4, 6:00 p.m.)

Hot, dry conditions continue in most areas of the province resulting in numerous wildfires. Residents in affected areas are asked to continue to follow local media, local municipalities, and Alberta Emergency Alerts ( for updates and advisories.

Current situation

  • There are currently 72 active wildfires in Alberta.
  • There were new 44 wildfire starts today. For the latest information on wildfires in Alberta visit
  • This has resulted in the evacuation of approximately 3,726 individuals.
  • Four declared States of Local Emergency and one Band Council Resolution include:
    • Lac St. Anne County
    • Beaver Lake Cree Nation
    • Rainbow Lake
    • Brazeau County
    • The Little Red River Cree Nation has declared a Band Council Resolution
  • There are three wildfires currently burning in the area of Fox Lake (HWF031, HWF030, HWF035). These fires are threatening the community of Fox Lake. At the time of this report, twenty households, the police station and the Northern Store have been lost. A reception center has opened at the Fox Lake Band Office.
  • Unusually warm dry weather and strong winds mean it is easier for a wildfire to start and spread.
  • As a result of these conditions, there are fire restrictions and bans in place across much of the province. For more visit
  • Detailed information is available on, which is updated frequently. 

Alberta Emergency Alerts

For up-to-the-minute Alberta Emergency Alert information visit: Alberta Emergency Alert.

Albertans are encouraged to download the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app which immediately pushes all alerts out to subscribers.

Highway closures

  • A number of highways and roads in the areas impacted have been closed due to smoke. Visit for details

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