A Message From the Athabasca Fire Services Coordinator
May 4, 2016: Please consider carefully whether you want to travel to this area this weekend. The area has seen an influx of evacuees from the Ft MacMurray fire. There is presently a draw on local infrastructure that could not have been planned for.
If you must come to the local lakes, come prepared. There is very little fuel available at this time. The grocery and convenience stores have also been depleted. There are supplies en route but no guarantee that stock will be sufficient.
Highways and local roads are seeing an increase in both through traffic and local traffic.
There is also a fire restriction dictating NO open fires in the county. Due to the continued warm and dry weather conditions, the current fire restriction PROHIBITS all open fires, including campfires, burn barrels, charcoal briquettes, fireworks and tiki torches. All existing fire permits are suspended at this time and no new permits will be issued until fire conditions improve.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Those wishing to make donations should follow the local radio stations for updates on what is needed. Please do not send random donations at this time, as there is no facility set up to receive them.
Regional Fire Services Coordinator