Wildfire Pledge

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Protect our forests, take the wildfire pledge, win a helicopter tour

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“Wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility to keep Alberta’s forests safe and sustainable. This wildlife pledge is a proactive initiative to help reduce human-caused wildfires. Please join me in taking the wildfire pledge and do your part in preventing wildfires.”

Bernie Schmitte, Fort McMurray Forest Area Manager

“As Regional Fire Chief, I’m taking the Wildfire Pledge to prevent human-caused wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Using fire responsibly and safely is something every resident can do to protect our forests.”

Regional Fire Chief, Jody Butz, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
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Take the pledge, protect our forests. Help prevent human-caused wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area by signing our wildfire pledge. By taking the pledge, your name will be automatically entered into a draw to win an educational helicopter tour!

Take the wildfire pledge

Did you know that the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA) averages 25 human-caused wildfires per year? Over the last 10 years, these wildfires have cost the government nearly $19 million per year!

Let’s work together to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in the FMFA. Commit to reducing human-caused wildfires today:

  • I will always use fire responsibly and safely in the FMFA.
  • I will fully extinguish my campfire by soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again.
  • I will stop and check my off-highway vehicle regularly for built-up debris while riding off-road.
  • I will report any smoke I see in the forested areas to 310-FIRE.
  • I will be an ambassador for fire safety when enjoying Alberta’s forested areas with friends and family.

Submission Form

AF 2021-PC-005 Privacy StatementThe personal information you provide to Agriculture and Forestry (AF) for the wildfire management online website contest is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. The personal information collected includes your first and last name, phone number and email address. The purpose of the collection is to enable AF to organize a community-based social marketing campaign with a pledge form to commit to reducing the number of human-caused wildfires. By providing your personal information and committing to the pledge, you will be entered to win an educational tour of the Fort McMurray Forest Area. Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose by AF without your consent or unless required to do so by law. Any questions or concerns about the collection and use of your personal information, or if you would like to request a correction to the information you provided, please contact Alan Gammon, Wildfire Technologist, Agriculture and Forestry, Forest McMurray Forest Area, 5th Floor, 9915 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4, Telephone: 780-743-7341 or alan.gammon@gov.ab.ca

Educational helicopter tour

By taking the pledge, you will be entered to win a helicopter tour of the FMFA. The winner and up to three guests will take to the skies on August 28th, 2021.

The tour will start at our forestry warehouse, with a look at the gear used by firefighters. The group will then fly above the site of the Horse River Wildfire to learn about fire ecology and tactics used to suppress wildfire. The tour will also include a stop at a wildfire lookout tower.

You can help prevent another catastrophic wildfire

It’s been five years since the Horse River Wildfire caused devastation to the community of Fort McMurray, yet our forest area still has problems with human-caused wildfires. There have been 128 human-caused wildfires in the FMFA since January 2016.

Did you know? Nearly half of all human-caused wildfires in Fort McMurray are started by recreationalists and residents.

Human caused fires in Fort McMurray chart.


Connect with the Fort McMurray Forest Area:

Provincial Information Officer
Agriculture and Forestry

5th Floor, 9915 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4

Phone: 780-420-1968
Email: wildfireinfo@gov.ab.ca

Follow us on Twitter: #WildfirePledge

Updated: May 28, 2021