The Government of Alberta has issued a fire ban for portions of southern Alberta today.
“Continued hot and dry weather has elevated the fire hazard to extreme levels in some areas of the province, so we are taking this proactive step to help ensure the safety of Albertans and protect our forested areas,” said Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier in a release.
The fire ban will be in effect in the regions of the Forest Protection Area located south of Highway 532 along the mountains and foothills to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes National Park.
This means no fires, including campfires at campgrounds, are permitted during the fire ban until further notice. The use of fireworks and exploding targets is also prohibited.
Gas or propane stoves, barbecues, and portable propane fire pits are allowed during the ban.
“Albertans found to be violating the fire ban or fire restriction may be issued a $287 ticket.”