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Banff National Park Issues Fire Ban

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Due to elevated fire risk, a fire ban has been issued for Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada) Friday, August 5.

According to a report, the ban applies to the entire national park, including all backcountry campgrounds and day use areas.

It prohibits all open fires, including barbecues, campfires (charcoal, wood, or briquette), and wood-burning stoves, including cooking shelters, turkey fryers, and tiki torches.

The ban does not apply to portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves and barbeques, propane or gas lanterns (with an enclosed flame), and patio heaters (propane, catalytic, or infrared/radiant).

Campers who fail to follow the guidelines can be evicted from their campground.

In addition, offenders could also be charged under the Canada National Parks Act with a maximum penalty of CA$25,000.

A fire ban is also in place in Yoho National Park, Kootenay National Park, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

This story originally appeared on CTV News

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