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Grande Prairie Forest Area wildfire danger level now extreme

The wildfire danger level in the Grande Prairie Forest Area has been raised to extreme, as gusting winds and bone-dry conditions continue to sweep over the region. Since the turn of the year, 16 wildfires have been reported in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning nearly 88 hectares. As of May 5th, 11 of the fires have been extinguished, three are under control and two have been turned over to the responsible party for extinguishment.

All outdoor wood fires are banned, including wood campfires on public lands, wood campfires on private land, and provincial campgrounds. All off-highway vehicle use on public lands, including designated trails is prohibited as well. Propane and natural gas-powered appliances, as well as indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor are still allowed under the restriction.

Alberta Wildfire officials issued a province-wide protected forest area fire and off-highway vehicle ban early on Friday, with more than 70 wildfires being reported across Alberta.

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