Fire bans for Waterton, forest protection area

By Geoff Smith (@smithco on Twitter)
July 19, 2017 - 11:05am Updated: July 19, 2017 - 12:15pm

ALBERTA -- Hot, dry conditions are leading to a growing list of fire bans in southern Alberta.

As of noon Wednesday, July 19, all fires are banned in the Forest Protection Area between Highway 532, along the mountains and foothills, to Waterton Lakes National Park. The ban includes campfires in campgrounds.

The only exemption is for gas and propane stoves and portable propane fire pits.

“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," Agriculture and Forestry minister Oneil Carlier said in a news release.

North of Highway 532 to the Red Deer River, campfires are still permitted but only within designated fire rings in campgrounds.

A fire ban is also in effect for Waterton Lakes National Park, including campgrounds, day use sites, and the townsite. Only propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves, propane/gas lanterns, and patio heaters are allowed and only under direct supervision.


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