Effective May 29 at 4 p.m., the province is removing the fire ban in southern Alberta’s forests.
Significant rain has decreased the wildfire hazard to moderate in southern Alberta. As a result of weather and the hard work of firefighters there are a smaller number of large wildfires, which will allow the province to remove the fire ban in southern Alberta’s forests. Campfires are once again permitted in campgrounds, backcountry and random areas. Fire permits in this area may also be issued.
A fire ban remains in place north of the Brazeau River area. Visit albertafirebans.ca for a detailed map and description.
The fire ban will remain in effect as the wildfire hazard in central and northern Alberta remains high, very high or extreme. As of 10 a.m. Monday, 41 wildfires were burning in the province.
To date this year since April 1, Alberta has experienced 748 wildfires that have burned 43,281.88 hectares.
Alberta has deployed more than 1,700 wildland firefighters and approximately 180 aircraft to battle the wildfires already underway, and the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Parks Canada have sent additional resources to Alberta to assist.
For more information on wildfires download the Alberta Wildfire app.
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Wildfire Ranger / Information Officer
Rocky Wildfire Management Area
Wildfire Management Branch
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you