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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

An overview of re-entry timelines and maps is now available to support the voluntary, phased re-entry for the safe return of Fort McMurray residents, tentatively scheduled to begin on June 1, so long as wildfire conditions do not delay restoration efforts

A number of conditions must be in place before residents will be permitted to return:

  • Wildfire is no longer an imminent threat
  • Critical infrastructure to support essential services is repaired and restored to provide a basic service level.
  • Essential services are restored to basic level, including:
    • Emergency Services (Fire, EMS, Police, 911)
    • Open, safe transportation to, and within, the community (includes traffic controls)
    • Access to emergency medical care and patient transport
    • Access to potable water, electricity and gas
    • Access to food, pharmaceuticals, banks and other essentials
    • Access to mental health supports
  • Hazardous areas are secure
  • Local government is re-established

To ensure the safety of all residents, a significant effort has been underway to assess property and structural damage, restore utilities, gas and electric services and telecommunications, secure damaged sites and provide essential services for the community.

With limited services available, returning residents should expect some disruption and service delays. If you’re driving, consider arriving with basic necessities to last for up to seven (7) days including food, water and prescriptions. The boil water advisory remains in effect and is expected to be in place for some time.

While the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC) is being remediated and returned to normal operations in the coming weeks, residents are advised that there will be limited health services available. Residents with health-related concerns should contact Alberta Health Services.

Timelines for Re-entry

The phased re-entry of residents will occur by zones to allow for efficient and safe return to the community and ensure people have access to available services.

  • Zone 1: Lower Townsite, Anzac, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Gregoire Lake Estates (June 1)
  • Zone 2: Parsons Creek, Stone Creek, Timberlea, Eagle Ridge, Dickinsfield (June 2)
  • Zone 3: Thickwood, Wood Buffalo (June 3)
  • Zone 4(a): Gregoire, Prairie Creek, Saprae Creek Estates (June 3)
  • Zone 4(b): Waterways, Abasand, Beacon Hill, Grayling Terrace, Draper (June 4)

The RMWB will be working hard over the next days and weeks to restore services to our residents. We look forward to welcoming you back and appreciate your resilience and patience.

The re-entry schedule and details for residents will be available online. (www.emergency.alberta.ca and www.rmwb.ca/reentry)

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