The City of Red Deer has issued a city-wide fire ban.
The ban comes in light of the dry conditions and poor air quality in hope to reduce health concerns and help prevent fires in the city.
Under the ban, open fires using charcoal, briquettes or wood or any source of open flame such as tiki torches are not allowed.
Certified portable gas fire pits, certified gas stoves or barbecuing dedicated for cooking, certified cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, briquettes or wood pellets on residential property are allowed under the ban.
Red Deer Emergency Services encourages residents to take extra caution to prevent fires. That includes proper disposal of smoking materials and cigarette butts.
“Many fires are started by cigarettes that have been thrown out of a window or discarded in plants,” a city release states.
People contravening the fire ban will be subject to a $210 fine and applicable response fees.
The fire ban will be in effect until further notice, which would depend on improving conditions.
For more information, visit albertafirebans.ca.