Update 20: Alberta wildfire situation (May 23, 6 p.m.)
May 23, 2023
Those evacuated due to wildfires should register at local reception centres or at emergencyregistration.alberta.ca.
- Alberta has declared a provincial state of emergency. Visit alberta.ca/emergency for information or call 310-4455, now available 24-7.
- A fire ban and an off-highway vehicle restriction is in place across the Forest Protection Area.
- Tuesday saw a continuation of the showers that started in the province Monday, as well as the lower fire behaviour that resulted from that.
- Weather patterns are bringing some precipitation to the west and central areas of the province.
- Current wildfire information is available on the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.
- Some communities remain affected by poor air quality. Keep up to date on special air quality statements and advisories.
- Visit airquality.alberta.ca to find out the level of health risk associated with your local air quality.
- Learn more about the potential effects of wildfire smoke on your health.
- Evacuation orders: 15
- Alberta Emergency Alerts: 13 (eight orders, five alerts)
- Number of evacuees: 10,655
- Alberta currently has more than 2,700 personnel working on wildfires. This includes support from partner agencies across Canada and the United States as well as the Canadian Armed Forces.
- The City of Edmonton has closed the Drayton Valley and Brazeau County evacuee reception centre at EXPO Centre as of 4 p.m. on May 23 due to the easing wildfire situation in those two areas.
- The City of Calgary will close its evacuee reception centre at 5 p.m. on May 24.
- You can view a full list of closures and restriction details.
Support for evacuees
- Since the announcement of one-time emergency financial assistance for evacuees, more than 14,200 applications have been processed.
- More than $19 million in e-transfers has been sent to evacuees.
- More than $6.3 million in debit cards has been distributed.
- Debit cards are available for evacuees unable to receive an e-transfer at 15 Alberta Supports Centre locations with extended hours and at Edmonton and Calgary evacuation centres.
- 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 Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta will each match every dollar donated, so every $1 will become $3 to support those affected by the wildfires.
- 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.
Offers of support
- Government staff have been coordinating a high volume of offers from Albertans and from others across North America.
- Individuals and companies with goods or services to offer or donate to support the government’s response to the wildfire can continue to email EmergencySupportOffers@gov.ab.ca.
For more information on the emergency and supports for evacuees, go to alberta.ca/emergency.