Summer is nearly here and if you’re among the many eager to go camping there are a few things you should keep in mind before packing up.

As we’re sure you’re aware, this season got off to an incredibly dry start causing various wildfires to break out across the province. Luckily, Calgary and Edmonton have officially since dropped their fire bans.

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“Edmontonians are now able to use backyard fire pits and BBQs, cooking stoves, and backyard smokers that use wood and briquettes, as well as use open burning and fireworks permits,” the city wrote in tandem with Calgary.

This, however, doesn’t mean we’re all out of the woods yet.

Various other restrictions are still in place and (at the time of publication) fires are prohibited in the following areas: 

  • Brazeau County
  • City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • County of Paintearth No. 18
  • County of Stettler
  • High Level and Fort McMurray Forest Areas
  • Municipal District of Provost No. 52
  • Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Rochon Sands
  • Summer Village of Ghost Lake
  • Summer Village of Itaska Beach
  • Summer Village of Sandy Beach
  • Summer Village of Silver Beach
  • Summer Village of Sundance Beach
  • Summer Village of White Sands
  • Town of Castor
  • Town of Drayton Valley
  • Village of Big Valley
  • Village of Donalda
  • Village of Edgerton
  • Village of Hines Creek
  • Yellowhead County
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If of course, you’d like to keep a close eye on things throughout the province, we recommend checking the official map of Alberta fire bans and familiarizing yourself with local bylaws.

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No matter where you are, please continue to use discretion when roasting marshmallows or having a cookout.

It’s going to be a long hot summer, so be safe and be smart.