Province-wide fire ban in effect

by Morinville News Staff

The province issued a full fire ban to Alberta’s forests effective noon May 25.

The full fire ban prohibits all open fires, including campfires in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.

The fire ban applies to the province’s Forest Protection Area (FPA).

Other jurisdictions outside the FPA, including municipalities and provincial parks, may issue their own fire restrictions or bans.

Morinville issued a fire ban for the community late last week.

Please check daily for detailed information about restrictions and locations.

The ban comes as continuing hot, dry weather has elevated the wildfire hazard to high, very high or extreme over most of Alberta.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, 29 wildfires were burning in the province, including a 200-hectare wildfire that forced evacuation of approximately 2,000 residents of Wabasca on Sunday night.

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Hot, dry weather is forecasted to continue for at least another week, threatening to further elevate wildfire hazard.

Alberta has experienced 629 wildfires that have burned 13,098 hectares since Apr. 1. To date more than 1,300 wildland firefighters and approximately 100 aircraft have been sent in to battle the wildfires already underway, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec have sent additional resources to Alberta to assist.

For more information on wildfires download the Alberta Wildfire app.

Up-to-date information fire restrictions and fire bans is available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).

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