CANMORE – A fire ban is now in effect for the Town of Canmore.
The ban will see all existing fire permits suspended or cancelled as the warm and dry weather has increased the threat of fires in the region.
Canmore Fire-Rescue and the Town of Canmore announced the fire ban Friday morning (July 30), with backyard fire pits, charcoal briquettes, fireworks and wood campfires not being allowed until further notice.
Propane and natural gas powered appliances and indoor wood fires are still permitted.
The announcement comes one week after a wildfire burned 4.4 hectares near Lac des Arcs along the Trans-Canada Highway. The fire was brought under control by Alberta Forestry with Exshaw Fire-Rescue and Canmore Fire-Rescue assisting.
An extreme fire danger has already been issued for Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, while Environment Canada has issued special air quality statements for the majority of southern Alberta as ongoing wildfires in British Columbia has seen smoke blow into the region.
There are also two other fires to the north of the Town of Banff that are being held as of Saturday in the Rocky Mountain House forest area, according to Alberta Wildfire.