Lac Ste. Anne County bans recreational ATV use due to ‘extreme’ wildfire risk

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Lac Ste. Anne County, Alta., has issued a complete ban on recreational ATV use due to the “extreme fire danger” in the area.

According to the province, the ban will remain in effect until further notice.

“Because of the low precipitation, the strong wind and the warm temperatures, there is a nice amount of fuel – grass and light leafy green
vegetation is at extreme risk of ignition from ATV and UTV exhaust in all regions of the county
systems,” county officials said in a news release Friday.

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The county pointed out tall grass and crop residue along the trails that can act as fuel this time of year if they come into contact with exhaust fumes and sparks from mufflers.

The province said required agricultural and industrial operation of ATVs or UTVs is exempt from the ban, but advised extreme caution and continued monitoring.

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