Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alberta Fire Bans In Place

May 17, 2011 - SOURCE
Alberta-wide fire ban
Federal lands, some First Nations reserves and urban municipalities exempt
Edmonton... Due to windy conditions and high wildfire risks, fire bans are now in place across the province on all land in Alberta. The fire bans are effective immediately, and until further notice.





When a complete fire ban is in effect, the use of all wood, briquette and propane/natural gas fires is prohibited; this includes fires contained in designated fire facilities.
Gas/propane stoves and BBQ's, when approved for cooking, are permitted. 
Important Note: USE OF PROPANE CAMPFIRES i.e. portable fire pits IS NOT PERMITTED WHEN FIRE BANS ARE IN EFFECT.

The only exceptions are federal lands where there are no fire control agreements, such as some National Defence lands, First Nations reserves outside of forest protection areas, and urban municipalities: cities, towns, villages and summer villages. Urban municipalities are 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. In addition, 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 http://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 http://www.albertaparks.ca.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Kathy Kiel
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
780-914-0384
Susan Johnson
Alberta Tourism Parks and Recreation
780-427-1828
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Visit the Government of Alberta newsroom http://newsroom.alberta.ca.

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