Fire bans, advisories and restrictions issued for several Alberta communities
Published Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:12PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:15PM MDT
The hot, dry weather has created ideal conditions for wildfires and fire bans, advisories and restrictions have been issued for a number of areas in the province.
A Fire Advisory was issued for the Calgary Wildfire Management Area, which includes a number of areas west and south of the city.
Officials say safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and the back country but may be restricted in the coming days if conditions worsen.
Currently, all fire permits have been suspended and no new ones will be issued until further notice.
Parks Canada issued a partial fire ban in Waterton Lakes National Park that went into effect at noon on Thursday.
The fire hazard in Waterton is rated as high and park officials say the ban will remain in effect until further notice.
The restrictions apply to all areas of the park except for wood-burning stoves in picnic shelters at Cameron Bay and the Emerald Bay day use areas.
Officials say fires are normally permitted in designated fire pits but under the current ban, all wood-burning fires except those identified above are prohibited.
The ban includes the use of charcoal briquettes and wood-burning stoves in any other campground or picnic shelter and outdoor wood-burning fires on cottage lots in the town site.
The use of gas or propane stoves, gas or propane barbeques, and portable propane camp fires is permitted and all parks are open to visitors.
Officials are asking park visitors to ensure they fully extinguish any possible ignition sources, like cigarettes.
If you see a wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, call (403) 859-2636.
Fire bans are also in effect for the following areas:
- Black Diamond
- Cypress County
- Lethbridge County
- MD of Acadia No 34
- MD of Foothills No 31
- MD of Taber
- Waterton Lakes National Park
Fire restrictions are in place for:
- County of Forty Mile No 8
- County of Newell No 4
- Fox Creek
- Kneehill County
- Lac La Biche County
- Two Hills
- Vulcan County
A fire advisory has been issued for:
- Athabasca County
- Birch Hills County
- Brazeau County
- Calgary Wildfire Management Area
- County of Minburn No 27
- County of St. Paul No19
- County of Stettler No 6
- County of Warner No 5
- County of Wetaskiwin No 10
- Drayton Valley
- High Level
- Island Lake
- Lamont County
- MD of Pincher Creek No 9
- MD of Spirit River No 133
- MD of Willow Creek No 26
- Parkland County
- Smoky Lake County
- Specials Areas 1, 2 and 3
- Turner Valley
- Westlock County
- Yellowhead County
For the latest bans, advisories and restrictions, click HERE.