How big is the Fort McMurray fire?

Maclean’s is using the latest data to track the growth of the Fort McMurray fire and to see what it looks like when superimposed on maps of other cities

Wildfires continue burning in and around Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Wildfires continue burning in and around Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

(This post has been updated)

The Fort McMurray fires continue to grow. On Thursday morning Maclean’s published a series of maps showing Canadian and international cities superimposed with the burn area of the Fort McMurray fire. Those maps reflected the size of the fire as of 5 pm Alberta time on Wednesday. Yet by Thursday afternoon the government announced the fire area had increased dramatically to 85,000 hectares, and has continues to sprawl in the days since. Below are updated maps showing the original fire zone, marked by dotted lines, along with the iterations of new data (the latest coming on Saturday, May 7, at 11 am) to give a sense of how it has grown.













How big is the Fort McMurray fire?

    • Hi Im here in Melbourne, Australia as you know we get huge fires ourselves, for me to get and understanding of how big and devastating this fire is are you able to show how it looks over Australia please, Thank you.

      Ps: Sending heart felt blessing to all families, firefighters, police, emergency services, and all involved, please stay safe and I’m praying for rain to come your way to put this monster fire out to stop the lose of homes, businesses, pets and wildlife. Stay Safe Fort McMurry

  1. Could you make an overlay map with Southern California? Thank you.

  2. How about over Newfoundland? We’re part of Canada too. It would be interesting to see it in comparison to PEI as well.

  3. I only understood when I saw it superimposed over my City, Montreal. Actually, I found the area smaller than I thought. Thanks for clearing that up.

  4. This is very helpful. Any chance you can update the maps to show the current effects of the fire over our cities.

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