A fire ban in Red Deer will extend over the May long weekend, the city announced Thursday.
In a release, city officials said the ban will stay in place due to high temperatures and dry conditions. They also said that Red Deer Emergency Services has responded to numerous complaints of backyard fires since the ban was implemented on May 1.
The following fires are not allowed within city limits:
- Open fires using charcoal, briquettes or wood
- Any source of open flame (i.e. tiki torches)
All existing fire permits are suspended.
The following fires are allowed:
- Certified portable gas fire pits
- Certified gas stoves or barbeques designed for cooking
- Certified cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, briquettes or wood pellets on residential property
Residents who notice someone having a fire during this fire ban are advised to call 9-1-1. Any person contravening the fire ban will be subject to a $210 fine and applicable response fees.