Following the province-wide fire ban, Minister Danielle Larivee has instated another restriction. Now, the recreational use of all off-highway vehicles has been temporarily prohibited.
“This restriction applies only to recreational use on public lands and provincial parks, including designated off-highway vehicle trails. It will not apply to agricultural, commercial, or industrial use, or to indigenous people using off-highway vehicles for farming, business operations, or traditional use.”
Larivee says these types of vehicles pose risks for sparking fires in the extremely dry conditions throughout the province.
In addition, Larivee announced that the province was looking for ways to help families dealing with the tragedy a much-needed break.
“Alberta’s provincially-owned and operated historic sites and museums will be opening their doors to those who have been displaced by the wildfires, with free admission to its facilities across the province, from May 15th to September 5th.”
As well, one way in which the Alberta government is able to help the city of Fort McMurray is by deferring taxes.
“We advised Mayor Blake that we will defer the June and September education property tax remittances for Fort McMurray. The deferral will help ensure the municipality’s administration can focus on immediate emergency needs and reconstruction,” announced Minister Larivee.
Evacuees were also encouraged to register themselves and their locations with the Red Cross or with a reception center if they’re staying in one, not only to ensure their safety, but so that the Alberta can keep track of the individuals in order to get them their emergency funding, by way of cash cards.