The Banff Fire Department has issued a fire ban for the Town of Banff, in coordination with Parks Canada implementing a fire ban for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks due to elevated fire danger.
The fire hazard conditions are categorized as extreme.
There have been several days of hot, dry weather, with wind gusts, and the forecast is for that weather pattern to continue without significant rain. The fire ban is in place to ensure safety for people, surrounding forested areas and for the protection of buildings and property in the townsite.
All outdoor fires, including campfires, are prohibited until further notice.
Report any wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch 403.762.4506.
This fire ban includes all open fires and prohibits until further notice the use of the following items:
- Campfire (No wood or briquette fires)
- Charcoal or briquette barbecues
- Indoor and outdoor wood burning stove
- Turkey fryers
- Tiki torches
This fire ban allows (under direct supervision, and devices certified by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters Laboratories):
- portable propane fire pits
- gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating
- propane or gas fuelled lanterns (enclosed flame)
- patio heaters (propane, catalytic or infrared/radiant)
The fire ban restriction will be lifted as soon as conditions permit.
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