Campfire ban lifted in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks
The campfire ban for Kootenay National Park and Yoho National Park was lifted yesterday (August 24).
Campfires are now permitted in campgrounds and day-use areas that have designated metal fire pits.
Parks Canada explained rain showers over the last few days, combined with cooler temperatures in the forecast, have allowed the fire ban to be lifted.
Fire bans are based on the local fire danger, current and forecasted weather conditions, the amount of moisture in vegetation, the regional wildfire situation and the availability of responders and equipment.
Campfires are only allowed in the metal fire rings or boxes provided by Parks Canada. Fires made within rock rings are prohibited, year-round within national parks. Campfires must also be attended to at all times.
The fire danger rating is currently moderate in Yoho and Kootenay national park with no wildfires of concern at this time.
The fire ban in Banff National Park was lifted on August 23.
Report any wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke in the national parks to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or 1-888-762-1422.
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