OHV use now permitted, fire ban changed to fire restriction

The recreational use of off-highway vehicles is now allowed on public lands across the province.

Alberta Wildfire restricted the use of OHVs across the province due to heightened fire risks, however, this prohibition is now lifted.

The RMWB wants to warn riders of OHV trail washouts and closures around Draper, due to the rainfall.

Park crews are installing barricades and warning signs, however, if you notice a washed-out trail with no barricades or signage, you are asked to contact the Pulse line at 780-743-7000.

With the recent arrival of significant rain, the province is also removing the Fire Ban and replacing it with a Fire Restriction.

Under a fire restriction, campfires and open fires on in the backcountry are still forbidden on public land but allowed on private property and within campgrounds.

Existing fire permits remain suspended, and no new fire permits will be issued by the province.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is also removing their fire ban on backyard fires.

The RMWB is reminding residents are reminded to be diligent and responsible while enjoying trails, campfires, and backyard firepits.

Wildfires can still ignite easily and spread quickly.

In a news-release, the RMWB states the 2023 wildfire season has been one of the busiest in the province’s history.

As of June 15, there have been 642 wildfires across the province with 138 caused by lightning, 377 caused by humans and 127 under investigation.

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