BREAKING: ALBERTA-WIDE FIRE BAN – 5,000 People Residing Near Wabasca and Bigstone Cree Nation Forced to Evacuate
Effective since noon today (May 25, 2015), the province has applied a FULL FIRE BAN across Alberta.
Local state of emergency declared; Cenovus Energy orders 1,800 oilsands workers to leave.
The full fire ban prohibits all open fires, including campfires in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
The fire ban applies to the province’s Forest Protection Area (FPA). Other jurisdictions outside the FPA, including municipalities and provincial parks, may issue their own fire restrictions or bans. Please check albertafirebans.ca daily for detailed information about restrictions and locations.
The ban comes as continuing hot, dry weather has elevated the wildfire hazard to high, very high or extreme over most of Alberta. As of 10 a.m. Monday, 29 wildfires were burning in the province, including a 200-hectare wildfire that forced evacuation of approximately 2,000 (since updated to 5,000) residents of Wabasca on Sunday night.
To date this year since April 1, Alberta has experienced 629 wildfires that have burned 13,098 hectares.
Alberta has deployed more than 1,300 wildland firefighters and approximately 100 aircraft to battle the wildfires already underway, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec have sent additional resources to Alberta to assist.
… Continue reading about the official fire ban release here.