Large wildfires in the Canadian province of Alberta have caused widespread damage to properties in the Wood Buffalo region and has forced the evacuation of residents of the city of Fort McMurray.

The province of Alberta has declared a State of Emergency.

New Zealanders in the vicinity of the wildfires in Alberta are advised to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities, including evacuation orders, and ensure they keep their family in New Zealand informed of their safety and well-being.

New Zealanders who require consular assistance are advised to contact the New Zealand High Commission in Ottawa on (613) 238-5991 and follow instructions.

For more information and situation updates, visit the website of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (external link).