The long, hot summer has finally caught up with farmers and campers alike in the Special Areas east of Drumheller.
Effective today (Sep. 5) the Special Areas Board is imposing a fire ban for all of Special Areas 2, 3 and 4.
Existing controlled burns are suspended or cancelled, and no new controlled burns will be permitted.
In addition, the ban prohibits all outdoor fires with the exception of gas or propane barbeques.
Special Areas 2, 3 and 4 cover about 7,800 square miles east of Drumheller, surrounding Hanna and stretching to the Saskatchewan boundary.
The towns or villages or provincial parks within the Special Areas handle their own restrictions and should be contacted directly.
Anyone who violates the fire ban is subject to the costs of extinguishing the fire.