On Aug. 11, 2016, the Municipality issued the first rebuilding permit since the May 2016 wildfire that destroyed over 2,400 homes and structures.
“The desire to rebuild our region has been constant since the earliest days of recovery, following the wildfire,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “While the process of our region’s rebuild requires a careful approach, I believe an important part of that is to recognize when steps are taken in the right direction and to celebrate them.”
“This is an important milestone in our recovery,” said Jeanette Bancarz, Chair of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee. "With hundreds of families yet to reach this stage, the Wildfire Recovery Committee and Task Force will be here to support them until they have fully recovered from the wildfire.”
“It has been a long and rocky road to get to this point, but we have worked with the RMWB to make this all come together,” said Darrin Eckel, the recipient of the permit and a resident of the Wood Buffalo neighborhood of Fort McMurray. “Fort McMurray has been my home for over thirty-five years and I am really happy to be able to contribute to our community this way.”
To date, 1,144 Demolition Permit applications have been received, 1,049 Permits have been issued and 117 Post-Demolition Inspections have been completed across the region.
Residents are reminded that the municipal landfill is now open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week for residential waste. Tipping fees are being waived until October 31, 2016, for residential waste (brought to the landfill in residential vehicles).