Even though conditions are currently very wet from the recent rainy weather, there remains a provincially mandated Fire Ban in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
The ban includes Woodlands County and surrounding counties. However, a few Woodlands County councillors voiced concerns this week after witnessing campers having fires in the county over the long weekend.
While many residents continue to voice frustration about the ban being in place, Woodlands County Mayor John Burrows says the ban is more for precautionary reasons than for weather. He adds that the province does not have the manpower at the moment to deal with another crisis.
Mayor Burrows says the ban is a provincial order and the County has no control over lifting it.
When issuing the fire ban weeks ago, the Alberta Government said the move was in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The province is focusing its resources on fighting the pandemic and does not want to worry about fighting potential wildfires on top of that.
“Taking action in advance to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires will allow Alberta Wildfire to make the best possible use of resources when the availability of firefighters could be reduced because of the pandemic,” said the province in their Fire Ban advisory statement.