A high amount of cottonwood fluff is posing such a major fire hazard for users of the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park that a fire ban has been put in place until further notice.

The ban prohibits all wood, briquette, and propane/natural gas fires including those contained in fire pits.

Gas and propane stoves and barbecues, when approved for cooking, are still allowed.

Authorities are putting the ban in place after it's believed that four small fires were caused by campfire sparks igniting cottonwood fluff.

There were no injuries or property damage in the fires.

Full information on the ban can be found at www.albertaparks.ca.

Fire bans also remain in place at Marguerite River, Maybelle River and Richardson River Dunes wildland parks.

Albertans are advised to check the status of fire bans before travelling this summer at www.albertafirebans.ca.