Bad news for those looking to have a fire over the long weekend.

In Fort Saskatchewan, fire chief Todd Martens says residents can expect the municipal fire ban to stay in place.

"We still currently have very hot and dry conditions across the province," said Martens. "With the wildfires, a lot of municipalities are stretched thin." 

"[This fire ban] currently means no fire pits, no fire permits, no burning on public lands. All those types of things are still banned."

Martens is urging safety first and foremost this weekend.

"Be aware of what you are doing this weekend," said Martens. "Any little bit helps when you can help with even cleaning your yard and making sure all the combustible materials are picked up and put away." 

There is one workaround that might help people get some enjoyment out of the weekend despite the fire ban. 

"You are allowed to have propane or natural gas fireplaces, just make sure the flame is away from anything combustible," said Martens. 

The Fort Saskatchewan fire ban was initially issued back on May 2. Other surrounding communities such as Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Lamont County, Bruderheim, and Gibbons also have fire bans. 

As wildfires continue to devastate parts of Alberta, it appears that the provincial fire ban will also remain in effect for the long weekend. 

This ban applies to the province's Forest Protection Area, which covers much of northern Alberta as well as the forest areas near the mountains. The cost of breaking this fire ban can be up to $600 or much more if it results in an out-of-control fire.