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Entire Forest Protection Area of Alberta under fire ban due to wildfire danger

Hot and dry conditions have led to 137 new wildfire starts since July 1
Alberta's Forest Protection Area is shown in pink. Screenshot

The provincial government implemented a fire ban Wednesday for the entire Forest Protection Area of Alberta due to increasing wildfire danger and many active wildfires across the province.

“Alberta has been experiencing difficult conditions in recent days, and the risk of new wildfire starts is extremely high throughout the province. Now, more than ever, Albertans must work together to protect our communities and forests by remaining vigilant, spending time outdoors responsibly and avoiding activities that can cause a wildfire," said Todd Loewen, minister of Forestry and Parks in announcing the ban July 10.

Hot and dry conditions have led to 137 new wildfire starts since July 1 and heightened wildfire danger throughout the province, according to the province.

There are currently no active wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. 

Portions of Mountain View County are located in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Protection Area and are affected by the ban set to take effect at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Under the ban, all outdoor wood fires, including wood campfires on public land, private land, designated campgrounds and backyard firepits are strictly prohibited in the Forest Protection Area.

In addition to these restrictions, Albertans may not use a charcoal briquette barbecue, fireworks or exploding targets in the Forest Protection Area. It is crucial that Albertans avoid any activities that fall under this ban to prevent new wildfires from breaking out.

All fire permits issued by the provincial government for the Forest Protection Area are now suspended or cancelled, and no new fire permits will be issued while the ban is in place.

The provincial says certain allowances can be made for essential agricultural or industrial burning, but only when approved by a forest officer.

Albertans in the Forest Protection Area may still use propane- and natural gas-powered appliances, and indoor wood fires inside a structure, such as a building, tent or RV, that are contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor.  

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