EDMONTON—Fire bans blanketing nearly half the province of Alberta might dampen plans for campers looking to spend some time outdoors this weekend. Most of the bans have been issued for northern Alberta, including Jasper National Park, and reach to the province’s northern border. However, areas in southern Alberta are on notice as well, such as Lethbridge’s river valley. A fire ban has been issued for most of northern Alberta due to hot and dry conditions. Five wildfires are currently burning out of control in the province, including one near the hamlet of Janvier, 120 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.  (Alberta Wildfire) “In terms of the size of this one, it certainly is one of the bigger ones that we http://safetymom.ca/ have instituted,” said Matt Bell, a spokesperson with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. For campers, that translates to bans in nine Alberta parks, including Long Lake Provincial Park, 90 minutes north of Edmonton, as well as fire restrictions in 59 others. Fire Bans and Restrictions in Alberta Parks Bans prohibit all open fires burning solid fuels, such as firewood and charcoal briquettes. But propane stoves and fire pits and for cooking and heating are still permitted. In a statement issued Friday, Alberta Agriculture warned that individuals who break a ban could face a $287 fine.

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