The Alberta Government is improving legislation that supports wildfire prevention and helps protect communities.
Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier says Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment Act, introduces measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations.
He says it will include stiffer penalties to help deter high-risk activities like abandoning campfires or burning during fire bans.
The maximum fine for corporations will rise from $5,000 to one million dollars and as much as a $100,000 fine for individuals who violate the act.
The Bill will also simplify the process for the government to restrict activities, like ATV use in dry conditions.
The government will also designate March 1st as the official start of fire season to ensure that burning permit requirements are in place in a timely manner.
About 70 per cent of wildfires over the last five years have been linked to human activity.