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May 18 Update

Acden staff,


On behalf of Acden’s executive team, we are so pleased to hear the news that the evacuation order and alerts have been lifted today by the RMWB.


We look forward to welcoming you all back and resuming regular operations across our companies on Tuesday.


For those returning to town, please drive safely during your travels.


Have a great weekend and take care,






 May 18, 10:30 a.m. - Evacuation orders lifted in Fort McMurray

All evacuated residents may return home immediately, all remaining evacuation alerts, and State of Local Emergency lifted.

(Fort McMurray, AB –May 18, 2024) – Evacuees from Abasand, Beacon Hill, Prairie Creek, and Grayling Terrace may now return home. The decision to lift the evacuation order was made in unified command with Alberta Wildfire and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and was made based on the following criteria: 

  • Recent rain has reduced the intensity of the wildfire and significant progress has been made on containing the northern edge.  

  • Construction of fire guards has been completed between the northern edge of the fire and Fort McMurray, helping prevent the wildfire from moving closer to the community, landfill and Highway 63.    

  • Structure protection remains in place and crews have completed spraying land-based fire-retardant in the forested areas that border evacuated neighbourhoods. 

Returning Home Safely 

Emergency social services, including food and accommodation will remain in place until 12 noon, tomorrow, Sunday, May 19. Evacuee registration is now closed.  

Highway 63 and Highway 881 are open, and traffic is flowing in both directions. Upon arriving in Fort McMurray, RCMP officers will be present at neighbourhood entrances and patrolling the areas. Residents can freely enter the neighbourhoods without needing to show identification. 

“We are so pleased to be able to welcome people home and have them return home, safely,” said Mayor Sandy Bowman. “We thank everyone that was evacuated this week for their patience, resolve and strength, and we look forward to seeing all of you. While there is more work to be done, I want to express my deepest appreciation to all those that played such a critical role in protecting our community, keeping people safe and supporting evacuees, while being there for each other.” 


Wildfire MWF-017 update 

Residents should continue to stay informed and be prepared during wildfire season. 

While significant progress has been made on containing wildfire MWF-017 and it is safe for residents to return home, the wildfire is not classified as under control.

Given the size of the wildfire, it will remain active for many weeks and will take time to bring under full control.  With the progress made and resources that continue to manage the fire, the Incident Management Team is confident that the wildfire does not pose a threat to the community.   


Please do not travel into the forest near the wildfire or fly drones in the area as crews are still actively working on managing the wildfire. 


State of Local Emergency, Evacuation Alerts lifted 

The State of Local Emergency enacted on May 14 has ended. The Evacuation Alert has also been lifted for Fort McMurray, Draper, Saprae Creek, Gregoire Lake Estates, Fort McMurray First Nation # 468, Anzac, and Rickards Landing Industrial Park. 


FireSmart Home Assessments  

FireSmart home assessments are recommended for everyone returning home. These free assessments will be done by a FireSmart home assessor and will identify potential fire risks, helping further keep homes and neighbourhoods safe. 


Schedule a FireSmart home assessment and learn more at   


Fire Ban, OHV Restriction remain in effect 

A Fire Ban and OHV Restriction remains in effect for the Urban Service Area and the Forest Protection Area of Fort McMurray.  

The fire ban applies to fires throughout the entire region and includes: 

  • Outside fires of any type 

  • Open-air fires 

  • Recreational fires contained within a portable or fixed fire pit (including backyard fire pits) 

  • Fireworks 

  • Charcoal barbeques 

The use of propane appliances, such as barbecues, gas heaters is still permitted


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