Alberta Wildfires

 

Wildfires have become an ongoing presence in Alberta during spring and summer. To support Albertans affected by wildfires, 211 Alberta maintains this list of important resources. It includes key contact numbers and links to detailed, up-to-date information.

Please note: During an emergency wildfire evacuation alert, this list is updated daily during regular business hours Monday to Friday. For the latest information on available resources, please call or text 211, or chat online with us anytime 24/7.

Last Updated: May 22, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. MDT

Alberta Emergency Alert

Government of Alberta

Current information on emergency alerts in Alberta.

Active Emergency Updates

Government of Alberta

Information on website includes: evacuation and financial supports, communities under evacuation order or alert, advisories and closures, emergency alerts, situation updates, emergency preparedness tips and other resources.

Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard

Government of Alberta

Information and a map of active wildfires in Alberta.

Emergency Financial Help for Wildfire Evacuees

Government of Alberta

Albertans in need of emergency financial assistance as they leave their community may contact the Income Support Emergency Contact Centre. Albertans who have been evacuated for 7 or more days may be eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,250 for each adult and an additional $500 for each child under 18. More information on how to apply will be available soon.

  • Website: http://alberta.ca/emergency
  • Phone: 1-866-644-5135 (Income Support Emergency Contact Centre)
  • Phone: 310-4455 (Government of Alberta Call Centre)

811 Health Link

Alberta Health Services

Offers a telephone service, which provides free 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans. Wildfire-related topics include air quality, how to report a wildfire, resources for planning ahead, mental health supports, and the effects of wildfire smoke on health.

  • Website: MyHealth Alberta
  • Phone: 8-1-1 (24 hours)
  • Phone: 1-866-408-5465 (For Internet Users)

Provincial Park and Recreation Area Closures

Alberta Parks

List of provincial parks and recreation areas that are currently closed.

511 Alberta

Government of Alberta

Information on road closures.

Map of Alberta Fire Bans

Government of Alberta

Map of locations affected by fire bans.

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Government of Alberta

The AQHI provides a number from 1 to 10 to indicate the level of relative health risk associated with local air quality. The higher the AQHI number, the greater the potential health risk and need to take precautions.Occasionally during extreme pollution events, such as a wildfire smoke event, AQHI levels may reach 7 – 10, indicating High Health Risk, or 10+, indicating Very high Health Risk.

WeatherCAN App

Government of Canada

Receive weather alert notifications in your area, as well as in your saved locations, wherever you are in Canada. (You can set custom notifications for your unique risk level, depending on your sensitivity to air pollution. The notifications alert you when your chosen Air Quality Health Index has been reached or is forecasted for your selected locations.)

Alberta Emergency Management Agency

Government of Alberta

A variety of programs and assistance to ensure that Alberta’s communities are prepared to respond to disasters or emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness

Government of Alberta

Learn how you and your family can prepare yourselves for an emergency or disaster. Evacuation preparation tips and more.

Mental Health Help Line

Alberta Health Services

Provides support, information, and referrals to Albertans who are experiencing mental health concerns.

Counselling Alberta

Counselling Alberta

Offers affordable virtual counselling throughout Alberta for adults, children, youth, seniors, couples, and families. Also offers in-person counselling in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer.

  • Website: Counselling Alberta
  • Phone: 1-833-827-4229 (Toll Free)
  • Access: Complete an online intake form or register by phone (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Indigenous Support Line

Alberta Health Services

A toll-free Indigenous support line available in North and South Zone staffed by Indigenous Health Link staff and available weekdays from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. Staff will answer callers’ questions, help them access culturally appropriate care and support and assist them with navigating the healthcare system.

Family Violence Info Line (FVIL)

Government of Alberta

Provides information about family violence and domestic violence programs and services, as well as support. Available by phone, text, and online chat. Support includes referrals, and information on getting help with costs to leave – including the Escaping Abuse Benefit- 24 hours.

Addiction Help Line

Alberta Health Services

Provides support, information, and referrals to Albertans experiencing addiction and mental health concerns, including problem gambling.

Disaster Recovery Programs

Government of Alberta

Provides financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable loss and damage as a result of a disastrous event.

After the Fire for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta

Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

A resource for landlords and tenants who have been affected by fires.

Fire Insurance Coverage Information

Insurance Bureau of Canada

If you can’t remember who your provider is, or can’t reach your insurance provider, contact the Insurance Bureau of Canada to help understand fire insurance coverage.

Goods & Services Donation

Government of Alberta

Information on how to help during wildefires and provincial state of emergency. Individuals and companies can e-mail to offer support with goods or services to offer or donate to support government’s response to the wildfire event.

In Your Community

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross in Alberta offers an extensive network of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the province. Monetary donations to the Canadian Red Cross will be used for immediate and ongoing relief, recovery and resilience efforts in response to fires, and community preparedness and risk reduction for future all-hazard disaster events within Alberta.

Alert Archive

Government of Alberta

Historical emergency alerts dating back to 2017.