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Provincial parks and recreation areas affected
 
The province has issued a fire ban for a portion of the forests in the Southern Rockies region as well as many provincial parks and recreation areas.
The ban extends from the Highwood River south to the U.S. border, and from south of Carnarvon Creek west to the British Columbia border.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) announced last Monday, August 22nd that the fire hazard in the region had reached Extreme levels, as a result of dry winds, low humidity and high temperatures over the past few weeks, and the fire ban was announced on Thursday, August 25th.
Extreme fire danger means large, erratically behaving wildfires can start quickly and spread extremely fast.
Fire bans have been issued at 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.
A park-wide fire ban was also issued for Waterton Lakes National Park on Thursday, as the area has been under High to Extreme fire hazard since July 28th, and has seen less than 11 millimetres of precipitation since July 24th.
Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for at least the next week, SRD Southern Rockies Wildlife Information Officer Karen Ritchie says more fire bans could be implemented.
 

The ban does not apply to municipalities within the designated fire ban area; however, individual municipalities can decide to issue their own fire bans.
As of last Friday, the M.D. of Pincher Creek was under Fire Prevention Notice, as ripening crops increase the danger of a fire starting.
In provincial parks and recreation areas, the ban prohibits the use of wood, briquette and propane/natural gas fires, including those contained in designated fire facilities and portable fire pits.
Gas and propane stoves and barbecues are however allowed when used for cooking.
In the forested areas of the region, any existing fires – including those under the authority of a fire permit – must be extinguished immediately, with the exception of fires contained within a cooking or heating appliance fuelled by fluids or compressed gas, those contained within an existing fire receptacle in designated camping and recreation areas, walled tents with air tight stoves with proper screening as approved by a forest officer, and those contained within industrial facilities or on industrial sites as approved by a forest officer.
The ban also prohibits the use of fireworks, burn barrels, and all fire pits and portable campfire appliances.
“The fire hazard will be monitored on a daily basis,” said Ritchie. “The ban will be removed once conditions allow.”
SRD urges users of off-highway vehicles to take extra precaution by ensuring they have a properly working spark arrestor, and that hot spots on their machines – such as the engine and exhaust – are free of any burnable debris.
To report a wildfire, call 310-3473 (FIRE).
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