The restriction prohibits all open fires, including campfires on private land, backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches. All fire permits in the region are cancelled and no new permits will be issued.
Safe wood campfires are allowed in fire rings in designated campgrounds only.
The use of fireworks is also prohibited across the entire Calgary Forest Area. Incendiary targets remain prohibited provincewide.
Other jurisdictions outside the FPA, including municipalities, provincial parks and national parks, may issue their own fire restrictions or bans. Please check albertafirebans.ca regularly for details.
Warm and dry weather with no rain has pushed the wildfire hazard to very high and extreme across the southern portions of the Calgary Forest Area. The southwest corner of the province has not received significant rain in more than 30 days.
Albertans are reminded to take precautions to help prevent wildfires:
- Ensure campfires are fully extinguished by soaking the ashes, stirring them and then soaking them again.
- When riding an off-highway vehicle, stop frequently and check for debris in areas such as the exhaust and under the seat. Debris in OHV hotspots can become superheated, fall to the ground and start a wildfire.
- For more information on wildfires, download the Alberta Wildfire app.
- Up-to-date information on fire restrictions and fire bans is available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473).
- To report a wildfire in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, call 310-FIRE (310-3473).