The province has put out a warning about the risk of wildfires in the province—as we head towards the long weekend.
Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier says its now considered “extreme” in southern Alberta—-and there’s no rain in the forecast:
“This morning–in an effort to reduce the likelihood of preventable wildfires–we’re going to restrict the use of off-highway vehicles–or OHVs–on public land in the forested areas south of the Red Deer River. OHV’s can cause wildfires when debris is caught up in the hot areas of the vehicle–around the exhaust, wheel wells and under the seat. Debris can become superheated before dropping back onto the ground–and then starts a wildfire. This ban will help reduce the chance a wildfire will start in this already tinder-dry area.”
This off-highway vehicle ban in southern Alberta is in effect immediately—and keep in mind—there’s NO burning of any kind—south of the Red Deer River along the mountains and foothills–to the northern boundary of Waterton Lakes national park.
Make sure you always check www.albertafirebans.ca for details in YOUR area.