Several municipalities in the area have implemented fire bans due to the extreme dry and windy conditions of late.
The Town of Blackfalds has issued a Level 2 Fire Ban.
Outstanding burning permits are suspended until further notice. This fire ban includes incinerators (for farm and acreage use), solid fuel barbeques (charcoal briquettes), recreational camp fires (approved burn pit 24” in diameter or less), chimeneas, fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designated camping and recreational areas.
Exemptions include internal household fire places, camp stoves, liquid fuel barbeques (propane and natural gas), oil well flaring (must register with Red Deer Fire Dispatch at 403-346-9977).
Lacombe County has also imposed a fire ban prohibiting issue of fire permits and suspending all outstanding fire permits.
The ban allows for burning barrels to be used provided they are covered with a mesh screen and for recreational campfires provided they are contained in a fire pit or campsite stove and attended at all times.
The Lacombe County fire ban does not apply to fires contained in cooking and heating appliances such as barbeques or fires in industrial services. The ban came into effect on May 13.
For more information about either of these bans, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.