Central Alberta fire ban expanded

The area affected by fire bans now covers most counties from Ponoka south to Calgary. On Wednesday, Stetter and Mountain View Counties joined Ponoka, Lacombe and Red Deer in banning outdoor fires and suspending burning permits until further notice.

The area affected by fire bans now covers most counties from Ponoka south to Calgary. On Wednesday, Stetter and Mountain View Counties joined Ponoka, Lacombe and Red Deer in banning outdoor fires and suspending burning permits until further notice.

Kneehill County continues to operate under an advisory issued on Oct. 2, stating that while some outdoor burning is still allowed, large fires are prohibited. Specific details are available from Kneehill Emergency Services in Three Hills, 403-443-5541.

In those areas currently under a ban, all outdoor fires are prohibited, including burning barrels.

Bans have been issued because of dry conditions and lack of snow cover, and will stay in place until those conditions change.

For details, please refer to the interactive map at www.albertafirebans.ca or contact the office for your municipality.

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