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Lacombe County reduces fire ban to fire advisory: urges caution

Effective immediately Lacombe County’s Fire ban has been reduced to a fire advisory. As weather conditions have improved within the region, the decision has been made to rescind the fire ban and allow for controlled burning and recreational fires.
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Effective immediately Lacombe County’s Fire ban has been reduced to a fire advisory. As weather conditions have improved within the region, the decision has been made to rescind the fire ban and allow for controlled burning and recreational fires.

However, Lacombe County recognizes the critical situation faced by many areas across the province and urges residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution and adhere to fire safety guidelines.

“While we have seen positive changes in our local conditions, it is important to note that fire hazards persist across the province. Unpredictable weather patterns, dry vegetation, and high winds continue to pose a significant risk for wildfires,” said Lacombe County Fire Chief Drayton Bussiere. “Lacombe County would like to remind everyone that fire safety remains of utmost importance to ensure the well-being of our community and the preservation of our natural resources.”

Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to take extra precautions when engaging in any activities involving open flames or potential fire risks.

Please consider the following guidelines to help prevent the outbreak of wildfires:

1. Campfire safety: if enjoying a campfire, choose a safe location away from combustible materials, such as trees and dry grass. Keep the fire contained within a designated fire pit or ring and never leave it unattended. Ensure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

2. Burning permits: obtain the necessary permits from Lacombe County before engaging in any controlled burns. Follow all guidelines and regulations provided by the County regarding the management and supervision of these burns (learn more at

https://www.lacombecounty.com/en/living-here/fire-permits.aspx).

3. Fireworks safety: if planning to use fireworks, ensure you have the appropriate permits and follow all safety protocols. Always ignite fireworks in a clear, open area, away from buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials.

4. Proper disposal of smoking materials: extinguish cigarettes, cigars, and other smoking materials in designated receptacles. Never dispose of them in dry, grassy areas or throw them out of vehicle windows.

5. Report fire hazards: if you spot any potential fire hazards or witness suspicious activities, please report them immediately to the Lacombe County Fire Services or local authorities.

6. Off-highway vehicles: take extra caution when operating Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) and check before you go that OHVs can be used, due to provincial fire bans and OHV ban in some areas. Check https://www.albertafirebans.ca/ for the most up-to-date information across the province.

Lacombe County recognizes the commitment and responsibility our residents and visitors have demonstrated in the past during challenging fire seasons. We greatly appreciate your continued diligence and cooperation in maintaining a safe environment for all.

Conditions can change quickly, and residents are encouraged to check the County website for additional fire safety information and updates, and the Albertafirebans.ca site for the most current information prior to doing any burning.