Fire advisory in effect for Strathcona County

May 7, 2018

Fire advisory in effect for Strathcona County

A fire advisory is in effect for Strathcona County, effective immediately. The fire advisory only allows for recreational fires in:

  • covered recreational fire pits, pots, bowls, or chimeneas
  • approved fire pits within recognized campgrounds and parks
  • propane and natural gas appliances

No other fires are permitted until further notice, including burning barrels, and fireworks. Fire and fireworks permits are suspended until the advisory is lifted. 

The recent warm weather and lack of precipitation have caused dry conditions creating an increased wildfire risk. Over the last 48 hours, fire crews have responded to 10 uncontrolled fires in Strathcona County. Forecasted rain and cooler temperatures this week are not expected to have a significant impact on fire conditions.

“Please phone 9-1-1 to report a fire,” says Fire Chief Dan Lemieux, Strathcona County Emergency Services.

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

Any change in the situation will be announced on the website or on the County’s burning status 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 over 98,000 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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A Fire Advisory results in the temporary suspension of open burning privileges for fires that require permits. This does not apply to covered outdoor recreational fire pits, charcoal briquettes.

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.

Contact:

For interview requests, please email emergencyinfo@strathcona.ca and provide reporter contact information and timelines.