Wildfire pledge

Alberta Wildfire is implementing a Wildfire Pledge to help citizens protect our forests.


Alberta Wildfire is asking residents in the Fort McMurray Forest Area (FMFA) to take the Wildfire Pledge to help raise awareness and prevent catastrophic wildfires. Those who sign their names to the pledge between May 1 and August 16, 2024 will be entered for a chance to win an educational helicopter tour.

“Preventing wildfires is a shared responsibility for all Albertans to help keep our forests safe and sustainable. This Wildfire 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.”

Wendell Pozniak, acting Fort McMurray Forest Area manager, Alberta Wildfire

Jody Butz Wendell Pozniak - a man in a black uniform smiling at the camera with a pen in his hand signing a document, sitting next to a man in a yellow uniform with a pen in his hand signing a document

"As Fire Chief, I urge everyone to join in and take the Wildfire Pledge. Together, we can help prevent human-caused wildfires in our beautiful region and ensure a safer, more resilient community."

Jody Butz, regional fire chief, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Take the Wildfire Pledge

The Horse River Wildfire caused devastation to the community of Fort McMurray in 2016, yet the FMFA still averages 30 human-caused wildfires per year. Let’s work together to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in the FMFA. Take the Wildfire Pledge to commit to reducing human-caused wildfires today:

  • I will always use fire responsibly and safely.
  • 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.

Educational helicopter tour

By taking the pledge and submitting the form below between May 1 and August 16, 2024, you will be entered to win a helicopter tour of the FMFA. The winner and up to 3 guests will take to the skies on August 30, 2024.

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.


Residents of the FMFA who take the pledge from May 1 to August 16, 2024 are eligible to enter their names for the helicopter tour draw via the form below. We will draw and announce the winner on August 16, 2024.

To win, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by a guardian who is of age.

You will be responsible to coordinate your own transportation to and from the forestry warehouse. You and up to 3 guests (depending on weight and safety restrictions) will be required to sign a consent form prior to leaving for the tour.

The helicopter tour will tentatively be held on August 30, 2024. Alberta Forestry and Parks staff will work with the selected winner to finalize an appropriate date based on flight conditions and availability.

Submission form

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.


Connect with the FMFA:

Provincial Information Officer
Forestry and Parks
Phone: 780-420-1968
Email: [email protected]

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

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