COVID-19 Update – Mandatory Measures in Place Province-Wide

Mandatory province-wide public health restrictions are now in effect in the Special Areas. These include mandatory masks in all indoor public settings, and a ban on all social gatherings – indoor and outside. Masks are now required to be worn by anyone visiting our offices or facilities. Our focus remains

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Surplus Items Up For Auction – November 13, 2020

Special Areas has some items for bid on Alberta Online Auction. Items will be available for auction beginning November 13,  with different online closing dates for some of the items. Viewing will be by appointment only on November 19. To make an appointment, contact the Youngstown Service Center Office at

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fire advisory

Fire Restriction Lifted Effective November 9, 2020

Effective November 9, 2020 the Fire Advisory in the Special Areas is lifted. Controlled Burn Notifications are required for any type of burning, except campfires and incinerator fires. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and random camping areas. To complete a Controlled Burn Notice, please contact your local District Office

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Village of Cereal votes to dissolve into Special Area No. 3

With the recent public vote in favour of dissolution of the Village of Cereal, the viability review process is moving into its final stages. The viability review – initiated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs - assessed whether the Village of Cereal was operating in a manner that addressed the

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Fire Controls in the Special Areas

Fire Controls in the Special Areas The Special Areas Board is responsible for fighting and controlling fires as identified in two acts: the Fire and Prairie Protection Act and the Municipal Government Act. Fire fighting in the Special Areas is made possible through fourteen volunteer fire departments located throughout the

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Use Respect. Ask First.

Use Respect. Ask First. This hunting season, always contact landowners and leaseholders BEFORE entering private or public lands. Landowner and leaseholder information is available in the 2020 Special Areas Map Book, or through your local District Office. Special Area No. 2 - Hanna - (403) 854-5625 Special Area No. 3

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Special Areas Parks Fall 2020 Operations

With fall upon us, Special Areas Parks have moved into reduced operations. Many campgrounds remain available for camping until October 15; however, services may be impacted due to weather and staffing restrictions. Please be prepared to pay in cash as access to debit/credit machines is limited at this time. Fees

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Surplus Sale Items Up For Auction Beginning September 14, 2020

Special Areas has some items for bid on Alberta Online Auction. Items will be available for auction beginning September 14, with different online closing dates for some of the items. Viewing will be by appointment only on September 17 and 25. To make an appointment, contact the Youngstown Service Center

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Special Areas Offices Closed Labour Day – September 7

Our offices will be closed for Labour Day on Monday, September 7. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 8with regular office hours. Please stay safe this long weekend by maintaining physical distancing recommendations, including staying 6 ft apart, washing your hands regularly, and following public health recommendations.

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Fire Restriction in place – August 20, 2020

NOTICE Effective Thursday, August 20th the Special Areas Board is imposing a fire restriction to extend throughout all Special Areas. The restriction is imposed on all outdoor fires but does not include gas or propane barbeques, or fires contained in campfire facilities in designated camping areas unless specifically posted. Incinerator

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