Active emergency updates

Get updates on major active emergencies and recovery information in Alberta.

Current situation

Evacuation and financial supports

  • Evacuation payments – how to apply

    • Albertans who are part of a mandatory evacuation order for 7 or more days may be eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,250 for each adult and an additional $500 for each child under 18.
    • Anyone who left their community voluntarily, but who were not part of a mandatory evacuation order, is not eligible for payment.
    • Residents of Little Red River Cree Nation, Garden River community can apply for emergency evacuation payments starting on July 17, 2024.
    • Residents are encouraged to apply online at Evacuation payments, evacuationpayment.alberta.ca.
    • Residents who have left the area can access any local Alberta Supports office from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm for assistance applying for an emergency evacuation payment. Find Alberta Supports office locations at alberta.ca/alberta-supports.
    • In-person applications will be also accepted from 10 am to 8 pm in High Level at the Best Western Hotel (9616 AB-58) and at John D’Or Prairie School on July 17 and 18.
  • Evacuation payments – eligible communities

    Starting July 17, 2024, residents of the following communities can apply for emergency evacuation payments:

    • Garden River community within Little Red River Cree Nation
  • Emergency financial assistance

  • Insurance information

    • Contact your insurance representative if you have questions about your insurance coverage during the wildfires.
    • The Insurance Bureau of Canada has updated information about insurance during wildfires. Albertans affected by wildfires can visit their web page for information on property and auto insurance or contact their Consumer Information Centre:

Advisories and closures

  • Travel advisories

    Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date information on road closures and travel advisories.

Emergency alerts

Alberta Emergency Alerts provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is occuring, and what action you need to take.

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Situation updates

Situation updates provide a summary of the actions government is taking to respond to an emergency.

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  • Jul 22, 2024

    Five communities remain evacuated as the province continues to respond to extreme wildfire conditions. A potential shift in winds is expected across northern Alberta on Tuesday that could change the direction and activity of existing fires.

  • Jul 21, 2024

    Fires remain several kilometres away from evacuated communities, yet ongoing hot and dry weather may lead to more alerts in the coming days. Albertans are encouraged to download the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile app to get immediate updates.

  • Jul 20, 2024

    Little Red River Cree Nation has expanded their evacuation alert to include the communities of John D’Or and Fox Lake. Fox Lake and John D'or Prairie are on mandatory evacuation effective July 20, 12:30 p.m. The fire danger is very high to extreme across most of the province due to hot, dry and windy conditions. 

  • Jul 19, 2024

    The Municipal District of Opportunity has declared a state of local emergency and issued an evacuation order for residents of Chipewyan Lake. About 89 residents have now evacuated. Extreme heat will continue to drive significant wildfire activity in the coming days.

  • Jul 18, 2024

    Extreme heat and increased fire activity in northern Alberta triggered an evacuation alert for the hamlet of Janvier and First Nations reserve Janvier 194. Residents are asked to be prepared to leave on short notice. The number of active wildfires in Alberta continues to climb with extreme fire danger throughout much of the province.

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Resources

Important numbers

  • Alberta government call centre: 310-4455 (available in 200+ languages)
    • Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
  • Alberta Supports Contact Centre: 1-877-644-9992
  • 24-hour Health Link: 811
  • 24-hour Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
  • 24-hour Emergency income support: