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No campfires as burning bans issued for several provincial parks & rec areas

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If you were planning to camp in a provincial park in southwest Alberta this weekend…..you can forget having a campfire.

Alberta Parks has issued fire bans for several provincial sites as of today.

Campfires are now banned until further notice at Park Lake, Little Bow, Chinook Lake, Castle, Oldman River North, Chain Lakes, Island Lake, and Travers Reservoir just to name a few.

The ban prohibits ALL open fires including campfires and charcoal briquettes. Portable propane fire pits though and gas or propane stoves and barbeques designed for cooking or heating are allowed.

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The fire bans are in response to an extreme wildfire danger right now, thanks to a prolonged stretch of hot, dry and windy weather.

More information can be found on the Alberta Parks website.

Below is a list of provincial parks & recreation areas under a full fire ban as of August 21, 2020.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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