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Fire ban issued for Waterton Lakes National Park

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WATERTON PARK, AB – If you were planning on going to Waterton and hoping to have a fire, that’s not going to happen.

Parks Canada has now issued a complete burning ban in the national park here in southwest Alberta and that means all open fires there are now off limits.

Waterton’s Locke Marshall says the fire risk with the park is extreme.

“Lighting or maintaining an open wood or briquette fire in the park is strictly prohibited at the moment,” says Marshall. “We really encourage people to plan ahead by bringing a propane stove or BBQ for cooking. Portable wood-burning stoves are not permitted,” says Marshall.

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It has become extremely dry in and around Waterton over the past month especially. Waterton has record less than 1 mm of rainfall, 0.7 mm to be exact, for this entire month of July so far. That, coupled with some very hot and windy days, has increased the wildfire risk to dangerous levels.

Parks Canada issued a fire ban for Banff National Park earlier this week because of continued hot, dry and windy weather.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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