With campers set to head out this weekend to enjoy the seemingly endless scorching hot temperatures, Alberta Parks have issued another 18 campsite fire bans across the province.
With last week’s bans by Alberta Parks, there are currently 36 campsites ruled out for open flames.
Alberta Parks spokesperson Chris Bourdeau said the wildfire risk is now rated at extreme and all open fires, including campfires, are prohibited from the listed campsites.
“We put the fire ban in place because of the hot and dry weather we have been experiencing for so long. We’re just trying to protect the parks and our visitors from fires, and while it is unfortunate, it is necessary too,” Bourdeau told Metro.
The only exceptions to the fire bans are propane heaters or barbecues.
“We’re just trying to prevent fires and we ask that campers be mindful of potential fires and be careful with things such as throwing out cigarette butts or their tail pipes on their cars since it is such hot weather and so dry.”
Alberta Parks said the fire ban could change at the drop of a hat depending on the weather, but with the mercury set to hit almost 30 degrees Celsius in some parts this weekend, the chances of Albertans lighting up is slim.
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