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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

TAKE NOTICE THAT:

  1. STATE OF EMERGENCY - The Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray and the surrounding rural areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have suffered extensive damage resulting from the wildfires of May 2016, and they currently remain subject to a declaration of a State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act;
  2. ESSENTIAL SERVICES - Access to essential services is currently limited in the re-entry areas, including without restriction, potable water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and telephone (cellular and land line), as well as police, fire, ambulance and public road access (the “Essential Services”). In the restricted access areas access to Essential Services is currently not available at all. The lack or limited availability of the Essential Services will continue indefinitely and may be unpredictable in terms of reinstatement of all or any portion of the Essential Services;
  3. REGULATED ACCESS - Access to the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is regulated by the Province of Alberta under authority of the Emergency Management Act. Subject always to the implementation and requirements of the Wildfire Re-entry Plan, access by the public to affected areas will be available in strict accordance with the conditions, procedures and requirements of the Wildfire Re-entry Plan;
  4. INHERENT DANGERS AND ASSUMED RISKS - As a result of the wildfires and the aftermath, there exist throughout the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray and the surrounding rural areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo inherent dangers and risks of damage or injury to members of the public re-entering affected areas including, without restriction:
    • Poor air quality (both outdoor and indoor) due to the presence of smoke, ash, soot, demolition dust or carbon monoxide
    • Caustic ash contaminated with toxic heavy metals
    • Damaged or spilled household hazardous materials
    • Contaminated drinking water
    • Contaminated spoiled food
    • Broken glass, twisted metal and other sharp objects
    • Moulds, mildews, funguses and other moisture-caused conditions
    • Damaged or destroyed property and infrastructure
    • Lack or limited availability of Essential Services
  5. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PUBLIC – Members of the public wishing to re-enter the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray and surrounding areas of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at this time:
    1. are responsible for assessing, properly considering and responding to, any and all hazards, medical and health concerns and risks, and risks of physical harm, which may affect them, their family, or any other party accompanying them until such time as all Essential Services and public safety have been fully restored; and
    2. are required to comply with all conditions, procedures and requirements of the Wildfire Re-entry Plan, including without restriction, avoiding restricted areas that have been fenced for safety and security purposes.

For more information about the Wildfire Re-entry Plan and areas of the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray which are accessible, or updated information respecting any of the foregoing, please attend at any of the Information Centre Locations listed below:

  • Fort McMurray Composite High School
  • Westwood High School/YMCA
  • Vista Ridge
  • Holy Trinity High School
  • Eagle Ridge Community Centre
  • Anzac Community Hall
  • Oil Sands Discovery Centre

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