Government Wildfire Update


Courtesy: Government of Alberta

Update 32: Alberta wildfire situation (June 4, 5:00 p.m.)

June 04, 2023 Media inquiries

All resourcing and support remains in place as Alberta’s provincial state of emergency expires.

Current situation

  • The 2023 Spring Wildfires state of emergency expired on June 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Support remains available 24/7. Visit or call 310-4455.
  • Re-entry continues for the Town of Rainbow Lake. Information  available at
  • An evacuation order remains in effect for the hamlet of Fort Chipewyan, Mikisew First Nation (Allison Bay, Dog Head and Devils Gate), Fort Chipewyan Metis Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. View a full list of closures and restriction details.
  • Albertans who have been evacuated or are returning home should continue to follow updates from their local authorities.
  • The fire danger continues to be very high or extreme in the northern regions of the province.
  • There are currently 59 active wildfires in the Forest Protection Area. Of these wildfires, 16 are classified as out-of-control, 18 are being held and 25 are under control.
  • 506 wildfires have been extinguished so far in 2023.
  • Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
  • Albertans are asked to do their part to prevent new wildfires by respecting fire bans or restrictions in their areas. Visit for details.
  • Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
    • Visit to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
    • Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke.
  • Number of evacuation orders: 5
  • Alberta Emergency Alerts: 2 orders
  • Number of evacuees: 4,334
  • Alberta currently has approximately 2,600 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.

Support for evacuees

  • Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at
  • Since the announcement of one-time emergency financial assistance for evacuees, more than 17,000 applications have been processed.
  • More than $20.9 million in e-transfers has been sent to evacuees.
  • More than $8.7 million in debit cards has been distributed.
  • Debit cards are available for evacuees unable to receive an e-transfer at nine Alberta Supports Centre locations. Extended hours are available at the Alberta Supports Centre in Fort McMurray to support families and individuals evacuated due to the wildfire near Fort Chipewyan.


  • Albertans who wish to help can make cash donations through the Canadian Red Cross or within their regions to a recognized charitable organization of their choice.
  • The Canadian Red Cross is launching an Immediate Support to Not-for-Profit Organizations program to deliver urgent and ongoing support for people affected by wildfires across Alberta.
  • Eligible community organizations providing immediate relief assistance may apply for $5,000 in one-time funding. View full program eligibility criteria.

For more information on the emergency and supports for evacuees, go to