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Firebreak rehabilitation and trail restoration under way in Timberlea and Eagle Ridge

(Fort McMurray, AB – August 15, 2017) – Crews are completing site assessments of firebreak areas and grading is scheduled to begin the week of September 5, 2017.

Work to be completed in 2017

Firebreak rehabilitation and trail restoration is expected to be completed in 2017 in firebreak areas near Walnut and Fireweed Crescents and on the north side of the Birchwood Trails in Eagle Ridge and in Timberlea.

Work to be completed in 2018

Firebreak rehabilitation and trail restoration will be completed in firebreak areas in Abasand, Anzac, Dickinsfield, Parsons Creek, Stone Creek and Thickwood in 2018.

Project details

The first 30 metres from the back of property lines in firebreak areas will be graded and topsoil and grass seed will be added. Approximately 30 per cent of firebreak areas beyond the first 30 metres will receive the same treatment and remaining firebreak areas will regenerate naturally.

All municipal trails that were damaged or destroyed during the wildfire will be restored and relocated into treed areas where possible.

FireSmart guidelines, which identify tree species and spacing, will be adhered to if trees are added to rehabilitated areas. Grass in the firebreak areas will be maintained as part of the Municipality’s mowing and maintenance program.

While work is underway and heavy machinery is working in the area, residents are advised that recreational use and rear yard access will be prohibited.

For more information on firebreak rehabilitation and trail restoration visit

Residents with questions about firebreak rehabilitation and trail restoration are encouraged to attend one of the following Here for You information sessions for more information:

All neighbourhoods – Urban Market
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 2 to 8 p.m. 
Expert available: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Jubilee Plaza

Monday, August 21, 2017
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: McMurray Experience

Thickwood and Dickinsfield
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. 
Location: Casman Centre 

Timberlea and Eagle Ridge 
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. 
Location: Syncrude Athletic Park Clubhouse

If you cannot attend the information session relevant to your neighbourhood you are encouraged to attend any other session. Alternately, questions should be sent to



*Please note an earlier version of this release included the incorrect time for the Urban Market taking place on August 16, 2017. 

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