Just a reminder going into the long weekend that we are still in a Fire Ban and Off-Highway Vehicle Ban. This was updated last week to also ban several propane appliances. See below for the full ban description.

Updated May 11, 2023

Due to the forecasted warm temperatures along with dry and windy conditions, Athabasca County is issuing a FIRE BAN effective immediately.

The Fire Ban prohibits any open fires which includes all recreational fires on private and public lands, burn barrels, fireworks and exploding targets, and charcoal briquette barbeques. The fire ban prohibits the use of any propane or natural gas-powered appliances that create an open flame on public and private land. Only propane and natural gas-powered appliances with an enclosed flame (such as propane or gas barbeques) are permitted for cooking only.

All existing fire permits are suspended, or cancelled, and any fires presently burning must be extinguished. Anyone who has conducted open burning during the winter is reminded to check their burn site to ensure piles are completely extinguished to reduce the risk of a spring holdover fire.

No new permits will be issued.

Due to low precipitation, high winds and hot temperatures, the Fire Ban prohibits the operation of any off-highway vehicle for recreational purposes on all public land located within Athabasca County. Grass and light leafy vegetation are at an extreme risk from ignition from ATV and UTV exhaust systems. Dry vegetation and grass often can ignite from direct exhaust, and/or direct contact with exhaust and sparks from mufflers and piping from these vehicle types.