Wood Buffalo National Park

Recreational fire ban in all areas of Wood Buffalo National Park

Issued: May 12, 2023


Pursuant to section 3(1)(c) of the National Parks of Canada Fire Protection Regulations, the starting and/ or maintaining of recreational fires at visitor facilities within Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada is hereby PROHIBITED by order of the Superintendent, Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada.

This fire ban includes ALL open fires, EXCEPT, provided they are under direct supervision and certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC):

  • portable propane fire pits
  • gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating
  • propane or gas-fuelled lanterns (enclosed flame)
  • patio heaters (propane, catalytic or infrared/radiant)


This fire ban covers the entire national park including all front country and backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas in Wood Buffalo National Park.


There are a number of active wildfires in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, including several southwest and northwest of Wood Buffalo National Park. A recreational fire ban in Wood Buffalo National Park will ensure firefighting resources are available to support existing wildfires and reduce the likelihood of any human-caused wildfire starts.


It is an offence under the Canada National Parks Act to contravene these prohibitions. Failure to comply may result in immediate cancellation of the camping permit, eviction from the campground and violators may be charged.

Rhona Kindopp
A/Superintendent, Wood Buffalo National Park

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