Fire ban announced for Strathcona County

April 19, 2016

Fire ban announced for Strathcona County

A full fire ban has been declared for all of Strathcona County, effective 12 noon today (April 19, 2016). The ban applies to all rural areas, hamlets and Sherwood Park.

The County has called the ban in response to extremely dry and windy conditions.

No outdoor fires are permitted until further notice, including burning barrels and fire works, nor are recreational fire pits or charcoal barbecues allowed. The use of propane appliances, such as barbecues, is permitted. Fire permits are suspended until the ban is lifted.

"Do not hesitate to phone 9-1-1 to report a fire," says Fire Chief Iain Bushell, Strathcona County Emergency Services.

Residents and businesses are expected to comply with fire bans, burn permit conditions and the fire bylaw. Failure may result in a $1,000 fine as well as significant charges for the cost of responses.

Any changes in the situation will be announced at www.strathcona.ca, via Strathcona County Alerts or on Strathcona County's burning information line at 780-464-8464.

 

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

  

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