Effective May 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., the province is applying a full fire ban to most areas in Alberta.
The fire ban expands the fire restriction that was enacted on May 3 in the Forest Protection Area.
All open fires, including campfires and charcoal briquettes, are prohibited. The use of fireworks and incendiary targets are also banned.
Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking or heating are allowed.
The fire ban applies to Alberta’s Forest Protection Area and all counties, municipal districts and special areas, and provincial parks and recreation areas.
Recreational users of OHVs are encouraged to discontinue use until the wildfire hazard subsides. If use of these vehicles is required for industry personnel only, please take extra precautions and clean debris from hot spots regularly.
The fire ban will remain in place until further notice. Every precaution is being taken to ensure no new preventable fires are started in the coming days that will put additional strain on the province's firefighting resources. People who contravene the ban can be fined up to $5,000 under the Forest and Prairie Protection act, and can also be held liable for the costs of putting out a fire they start.
Every precaution is being taken to ensure no new preventable fires are started in the coming days that will put additional strain on the province's firefighting resources.
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you