Fire bans go mobile in Alberta

By Lethbridge News Now
May 16, 2018 - 6:33am

EDMONTON – The provincial government has released a new mobile fire ban app to let people across the province know about the risk of wildfires.

In a release, the province says the new app will give people mobile access to see where there are fire bans, restrictions and advisories to help them plan their camping and recreational experiences.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier says keeping people informed of fire bans will help them plan their summer activities safely, whether in their backyards or in Alberta’s parks and natural areas.

“It’s vital that Albertans be aware of any bans or restrictions throughout the province if they intend to enjoy our beautiful backcountry,” Carlier continued. “This mobile app gives Albertans another way to help prevent human-caused wildfires and keep our firefighters free to fight other wildfires that may occur.”

Springtime can have a high wildfire danger rating because dry grass and leaves can provide fuel before new growth begins.

Since Mar. 1, there have been 274 wildfires in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area and of those fires, 99 per cent were human-caused and entirely preventable.

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