SOUTHERN ALBERTA: There is now a list of fire bans around the south-west region.
On Wednesday, Waterton Lakes Park issued a fire ban. Now, there are also bans in Cardston, Cardston County and the County of Forty Mile. High temperatures, dry environment and wind have lead to extreme conditions.
In Cardston and Cardston County, the Ban applies to all open fires and campfires, as well as portable fire pits, including those fuelled by propane or gas,
The Ban does NOT apply to fires contained in a coking or heating appliance fuelled by gas or propane. Also permitted, are fires within the fire facilities of designated camping and creation areas such as pits, rings and outdoor barbeques in parks and designated camping areas.
In the County of Forty Mile No. 8, the Ban is for all open fires including fireworks and domestic burning barrels. It also applies to all County Parks, Recreation Areas and Transfer Sites.
Provincial issued fire Bans are in effect until further notice in the following provincial sites:
- Chain Lakes Provincial Park;
- Cypress Hills Provincial Park;
- Lundbreck Falls Provincial Recreation Area;
- Oldman Dam Provincial Recreation Area;
- Waterton Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area;
- Police Outpost Provincial Park;
- Woolford Provincial Park;
- Jensen Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area;
- Lake McGregor Provincial Recreation Area;
- Little Bow Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area;
- Maycroft Provincial Recreation Area;
- Oldman River Provincial Recreation Area;
- Payne Lake Provincial Recreation Area;
- St. Mary Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area; and
- Travers Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area.
If dry weather continues, further fire bans may be implemented. In provincial parks and recreation areas, fire bans prohibit the use of all wood, briquette and propane/natural gas fires, including those contained in designated fire facilities and portable fire pits. Gas and propane stoves and barbecues, when approved for cooking, are allowed.
You are reminded to be cautious when discarding any smoking debris anywhere in the region. For updated information on Fire Bans throughout Alberta: visit www.albertafirebans.ca