On Friday, August 5, a fire ban came into effect at Banff National Park. The fire ban covers the entire national park including all front and backcountry campgrounds and day use areas in Banff National Park.
The fire ban includes all open fires, except those that are provided are under direct supervision and certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSAGroup) or Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
- 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).
Penalties for not following the fire ban can include the immediate cancellation of a camping permit, eviction from the campground and in some cases a maximum fine of $25 000.
The fire ban is in effect until further notice.
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