Fort McMurray Wildfire May Brush by Suncor Site

Posted by on Saturday, May 7, 2016

The wildfire burning through the Fort McMurray region is expected to brush by Suncor's oil-sands site north of Fort McMurray later today, and may reach the Saskatchewan border sometime before midnight.

A special air quality statement remains in effect for Fort McMurray and northeastern Saskatchewan. The statement has been extended to Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories and ended for the Meadow Lake region due to a southerly flow pushing the smoke north. The air quality health index remains at 10+ in Fort McMurray and Fort Mackay. Visibility in Fort McMurray is 5 km.

All evacuees should register with Red Cross - no matter where you are currently and even if you've already registered with an evacuation centre.

Suncor says that their evacuation of sites is mostly complete, with only essential personnel remaining. In three days, Suncor transported approximately 10,000 people safely out of the region.

Syncrude has made the decision to shut down operations and remove all personnel from their site. This includes both the mines and Upgrader. 

If you're in the Wood Buffalo area and need immediate assistance, phone 911. For all non-emergencies and complaints, including property-related crime, motor vehicle collisions and missing persons, you can contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4000.

The Team

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