Edmonton – Windy conditions and high wildfire risks have prompted the Alberta government to issue province-wide fire bans The fire bans are effective immediately and remain in place until further notice.
Exceptions are federal lands where there are no fire control agreements, including some National Defence lands, First Nations reserves outside of forest protection areas, and urban municipalities: cities, towns, villages and summer villages. Urban municipalities are being encouraged to consider fire bans in their jurisdictions.
The fire bans prohibit the use of all wood, briquette and propane/natural gas fires, including those contained in designated fire facilities and portable fire pits. Gas and propane stoves, when approved for cooking, are allowed.
People can be charged under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and could face a fine of up to $5,000. Addiitonally, the responsible party can be held responsible for the costs associated with fighting the fire, with no maximum limit.
For current fire ban information, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
A travel ban is also in place for Lakeland Provincial Park and Lakeland Provincial Recreation Area for travel into the backcountry on all trails due to the severe weather conditions. For more information on provincial parks, visit www.albertaparks.ca.