BANFF, Alta. – Fire bans are now in effect in three mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia due to a high risk of wildfires in the area.
A notice on the Banff National Park website says the ban, which also includes BC’s Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, was issued Friday to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.
It also says it is for the protection of infrastructure in the three national parks.
Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks share boundaries in the Rocky Mountains.
The report says illegally setting fires in a national park could result in a fine of up to $25,000.
Provincial fire bans and restrictions also apply in southern Alberta, including the city of Lethbridge’s River Valley and the city of Three Hills due to limited water supplies.
The bans come because unpredictable fire behavior in BC has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Olalla and an evacuation alert for the village of Keremeos.
The fire is one of 146 reported to the BC Wildfire Service in the past week.
Environment Canada forecasts temperatures into the 1930s in BC for the coming week and gusty winds could complicate firefighting efforts, but so far there are no signs of thunderstorms that have sparked many recent wildfires.
Plus-30 temperatures are expected to reach southern Alberta next week as well.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 5, 2022.