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Provincial fire ban lifted
Published Friday, May 18, 2012 1:16PM MDT
A fire ban that was put in place earlier in the week has been lifted just in time for the May long weekend.
Campers heading out to enjoy Alberta's mountains, lakes and recreation areas can now combat the chilly weather with a camp fire.
The province lifted the ban on Friday afternoon and officials say the recent rain and lower temperatures has reduced the threat of wildfires across the province.
The province says that even though it has lifted the ban there may still be some municipalities where fire bans and prevention notices are still in effect.
Despite the snow earlier in the week and chilly nights, some campers set up early to ensure that they had a site for the May long weekend.
There are also three provincial campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Parks Canada offers a reservation service online and some sites are still available.
Campers were moving in as early as last weekend to ensure that they have a spot secured and most didn't let a little bit of snow bother them.
"First few days we were out it was hot sunny weather then we woke up to this," said Karen Johnston, "I love camping in the snow it doesn't bother me at all."
For the latest information on fire bans, visit the Alberta Fire Bans website.