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Forest area fire ban, OHV restriction lifted

There is no longer a fire ban or OHV restriction in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Instead, a fire restriction is now in effect.

This means wood campfires and charcoal briquettes are again allowed on private land and in designated campgrounds. They still aren’t allowed in backcountry and random camping areas on public land, and the same goes for the use of fireworks and exploding targets.

Also allowed are propane and natural gas-powered appliances, open flame oil devices like turkey deep fryers and tiki torches, and indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor.

The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area has increased from low to moderate. Wildfire Information Officer Kelly Burke says pockets of high or very high wildfire danger also remain in northern portions of the Grande Prairie area.

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Since the beginning of the year there have been 31 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning nearly 28,959 hectares. None are listed as out of control, with one under control, and four being held. One has been turned over to the responsible party for extinguishment and 26 have been extinguished.

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