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Fire ban, off-highway vehicle restriction in effect throughout northern Alberta

Last Updated May 17, 2019 at 9:44 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. Fire ban in effect for northern Alberta as of May 16, 2019.

A fire ban has been issued for most of the northern Alberta Forest Protection Area effective May 16th.

The ban extends from Lac La Biche up to north of Fort McMurray, west to north of Slave Lake, west to Peace River and north to the Northwest Territories border.

All open fires along with fireworks, charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches are included in the ban.

Off-highway vehicles are also banned from use on public lands. They are still allowed for industrial, agricultural and traditional use, as well as on private lands.

All fire permits issued by the province are suspended.

If you’re found violating the ban, you be fined up to $287, or could be held liable for all costs associated with fighting a wildfire.

The ban doesn’t affect areas within municipal boundaries, only areas of provincial responsibility.