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Campfire restrictions in Kananaskis Country as fire risk increases in southern Alberta

Continuing hot and dry conditions have prompted authorities to impose fire limits in the Rocky Mountains and foothills.

On Tuesday morning, the state issued fire limits for the Calgary Forest Area and portions of the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area. The area extending from Waterton Lakes National Park surrounds Banff National Park and reaches Jasper National Park. Most of the popular Kananaskis Country is part of that fire limit.

"We are unable to have campfires at this time for campers in random camping areas," Alberta Wildfire spokeswoman Anastasia Drummond told Global His News.

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Wood-burning campfires at backcountry campgrounds are also prohibited. However, campfires with metal fire rings are permitted in campgrounds and backyard fire pits.

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All existing fire permits have been suspended and outdoor fires burning under permits must be extinguished. must be

Fireworks and exploding targets are also not allowed under fire restrictions.

Drummond said the June rains and subsequent vegetation growth delayed the implementation of the restrictions.

Forecasts warned him of a possible lightning strike. Most of the fuel is dry. "This means there is a lot of fuel for wildfires that can ignite," she said. We are now at a point where these campfires must be restricted.”

The remaining Rocky Mountain House Forest area was issued a fire advisory on Tuesday. rice field.

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"Fine fuel and wood debris is very dry and can be damaged by sparks, friction, or hot exhaust. It can easily catch fire, so use extreme caution when working or engaging in recreation outdoors," says the state fire portal.

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Put in the town of Canmore on Tuesday when a fire ban was also in place.

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Under that ban, it is not permitted to burn firewood or charcoal, but gas or propane Stoves, barbecues and fire pits are permitted.

And from Thursday, fires in Alberta Territories 2, 3 and 4 south from CFB Suffield, from Drumheller in the west to the Saskatchewan border in the east. An alert is issued. Provost, Alta. in the north.

"The Special Areas Commission recommends extreme caution and only necessary burning," the press release states. "The public is asked to pay attention to and fully extinguish all fires before leaving unattended."

The latest change in fire conditions is the additional It follows the notification.

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On Friday Banff National Park and the town of Banff received a fire ban.

"Right now, within Banff National Park, the fire risk is assessed as very high. This is the highest fire risk we have," he said. Parks Canada fire and vegetation specialist Jane Park said. It starts easily and spreads quickly.”

“Throughout July, Banff received only about 50% of its average July rainfall. It fluctuates with highs and extremes.”

The Municipalities of Foothills, Lethbridge, Vulcan and Willow Creek all imposed fire limits earlier this week.

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In late July, an arson advisory was issued in Rocky View County and the town of Cochrane.

The latest fire alert in southern Alberta comes as the same area receives a heat warning from Environmental and Climate Change Canada. Maximum temperatures are expected to reach and exceed 30°C for most of the week.

"We have seen very little precipitation, especially in the last week. We have seen extreme temperatures, the wind has started to pick up, and it is quite dry. We're getting to the point where we have to add," said Drummond.

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The other side of Alberta B.C. Open flames, campfires, fireworks, torches and explosives are also prohibited in the border, southeastern British Columbia and Kamloops Fire Center areas. There are currently 8wildfires of note in British Columbia, all in fire centers in the Southeast and Kamloops.

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