Fire ban to end in parts of Alberta as progress continues on wildfires

CBC News
May 25, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Provincial officials say the wildfire response will continue to be a marathon, but more evacuees are being allowed to return home and fire bans are set to change in some regions. Fire bans …across most of the province will be replaced with a fire restriction, which comes into effect Friday. That means wood campfires are allowed in designated campgrounds and on private property, like backyard fire pits. Under the fire restriction, all outdoor wood fires are still banned on public lands, including backcountry and some camping areas. Alberta Wildfire information unit manager Christie Tucker said that because the northern portion of the province received less rain recently and the fire danger is still high, a fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction is still in place in the High Level and Fort McMurray forest areas. It also remains in effect for Yellowhead County, where there are still active wildfires.

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