July 26th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 30
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Fire ban issued for Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Due to persisting dry weather and high temperatures, southern Alberta is under a state of fire ban or fire restriction.

Alberta Wildfire classifies the fire danger rating as high to extreme in southern Alberta, with an 81 to 100% wildfire ignition probability. Much of the southwestern portion of the Calgary Forest Area is under a fire ban. This area includes Crowsnest Pass, where the fire ban came into effect on July 19. Most regions east of Crowsnest Pass to the Municipal District of Taber are also under a fire ban, except for the M.D. of Pincher Creek, which is under a fire restriction.

Under the fire ban, all existing fire permits are cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.

Open fires of any kind and fireworks are prohibited. Gas or propane stoves are permitted, along with portable propane fire pits and catalytic heaters.
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According to Alberta Wildfire, a total of 16 wildfires are active in the province as of the morning of July 24.

The Alberta Wildfire status map shows no wildfires currently active in southern Alberta. There are several currently active wildfires across Alberta, but they are classified as “under control” or “being held.” There are no out of control fires in Alberta at this time.

According to deputy fire chief Mark Calvert, the Crowsnest Pass Fire/Rescue Department has not dealt with any fires in the area. They have been speaking to residents about the fire ban for educational purposes.

The Fire Ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.

“I can’t see it getting any better. The weather is still going to be hot and dry. I haven’t seen any significant weather changes in the near future,” says Calvert.

To view the current fire ban statuses across Alberta, visit http://albertafirebans.ca to stay informed.

To report a wildfire, call the toll free number: 310-FIRE (3473).
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