By Jensen, Randy on August 22, 2020.
The extended stretch of hot, dry weather has resulted in numerous provincial fire bans for southern Alberta.
Fire bans, which include all open fires including charcoal briquettes, are in place for 24 areas in the south including the Oldman River provincial recreation area, Lake McGregor, Little Bow Reservoir, Travers Reservoir, Castle Provincial Park, Chain Lakes Provincial Park, Park Lake Provincial Park and Willow Creek Provincial Park.
The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass also has a fire ban in effect with all fire permits suspended or cancelled.
Lethbridge County has also issued a fire ban on all open fires within its municipal boundaries.
A fire ban was also issued for Waterton Lakes National Park on Friday. The ban applies to all areas of the park outside of Waterton townsite, townsite campground, Cameron Bay day use area and Emerald Bay day use area.
The use of the following items are permitted during the fire ban provided they are under direct supervision and certified by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters Laboratories:
– Portable propane fire pits
– Gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking or heating;
– Propane or gas-fuelled lanterns (enclosed flame); and
– Patio heaters (propane, catalytic or infrared/radiant.)