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Municipality responds to northern Alberta fire ban

Last Updated May 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm MDT

Regional Emergency Services announced they would extend the province's fire ban, issued earlier today, to the urban service area of Fort McMurray.

In response to the northern Alberta fire ban, Regional Emergency Services announced the ban would extend into the urban service area.

The provincial government issued a fire ban earlier today covering the rural areas of Wood Buffalo.

The ban prohibits recreational use of off-highway vehicles (OHV) on public land.

As such staging areas for OHV are closed during the ban period.

Furthermore, the province suspended or cancelled all fire permits.

During the fire ban, they will not issue new ones.

Also, Alberta Wildfire set the wildfire threat level to high.

Visit Alberta’s website for more information on fire advisories and bans, or call 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).