Flames seen from burning wildfire in High Level, Alta. on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Chris Dechant/Facebook)

Wider fire bans, off-highway vehicle restrictions in northern Alberta

The fire ban prohibiting campfires and unauthorized burning, and restricting the use of off-highway vehicles throughout most of northern Alberta, has been expanded.

The fire ban now includes the forest areas around Lac La Biche, Slave Lake, Whitecourt, Edson and Grande Prairie, and then north to the Northwest Territories border.

A recreational ban on off-highway vehicles on public land is included in the measure.

“Weather conditions have increased the wildfire hazard level throughout central and northern Alberta. Expanding the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restrictions will help reduce the chance of further wildfires,” said Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake.

All fire permits remain suspended in the fire ban area.

“We ask the public to support the bans and restrictions to ensure human-caused fires are avoided, so that our wildfire teams can concentrate on areas like the one near High Level.

“We thank the public for their co-operation in an effort to support all of our wildfire teams and local firefighters,” Dreeshen said.

Individuals found contravening a fire ban may be subject to a $287 fine, or could be held liable for all costs associated with fighting a wildfire.

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