Fire ban lifted for Strathcona County

June 15, 2015

Fire ban lifted for Strathcona County

The County-wide fire ban has been lifted, effective immediately, due to cooler temperatures, precipitation and resources available in Strathcona County.

“Extreme caution should always be used when burning,” says Fire Chief Iain Bushell, Strathcona County Emergency Services. “We ask residents to remain cautious with any burning as conditions may change. Even with the recent rain, it can take only a few days for the risk to increase again due to the pre-existing dry conditions.”

Fire permits are now valid. Just prior to burning, permit holders must still phone the burning information line at 780-464-8464 to ensure that burning is allowed at that time.

Fire permits can be obtained online at www.strathcona.ca/sces or at Station 6
(915 Bison Way, Sherwood Park) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Fire permits are required for open fires such as grass, brush and bonfires in rural areas. Burn barrel fires require a permit as well and are only allowed in rural areas on lands greater than five acres.

Fire permits are not required for recreational fires such as fire pits with a screen, pots or bowls. Smudge fires are allowed without a burn permit in rural areas on lands two acres or greater.

Further information on safety and regulations for outdoor fires and burning is available at www.strathcona.ca/sces.

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A Fire Advisory results in the temporary suspension of open burning privileges for fires that require permits. This does not apply to outdoor recreational fire pits.

A Fire Ban means no outdoor fires are permitted. This includes using charcoal briquettes, burn barrels, private fireworks displays and outdoor recreational fire pits. The use of propane appliances, such as barbecues, is permitted.