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Fire ban is issued again in Red Deer

Hot and dry conditions necessitated the ban
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Red Deer Emergency Services has reinstated a fire ban until further notice. (Advocate file photo)

Hot and dry conditions mean Red Deer’s fire ban is back on.

Effective immediately, The City of Red Deer has issued a full city-wide fire ban, due to dry conditions and high temperatures. A fire ban is initiated when conditions as per the Alberta Climate Information Services become extreme.

The following fires are not allowed within limits, including public parks and private property:

- Fires using charcoal, briquettes or wood.

- Any open source of flame, including outdoor fires, torches, displays, and open burns.

- All existing fire permits are suspended.

The following fires are allowed:

- CSA-approved or ULC-certified natural gas, propane or electric barbeques or smokers designed for cooking.

- Gas fire pits and electric catalytic infrared-style heaters are permitted if used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and meet the required clearance to combustibles.

- Pellet grills and smokers with an on/off switch that controls the fuel source are permitted if used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and meet the required clearance to combustibles.

Red Deer Emergency Services encourages residents to take extra caution to prevent fires. Proper disposal of smoking materials is very important as many fires are started by individuals throwing them out a window or discarding them in plants.

Any person contravening the fire ban will be subject to a $210 fine and applicable response fees.

This ban will remain in effect until conditions change and further notice is given. Updates are available at reddeer.ca.



Lana Michelin

About the Author: Lana Michelin

Lana Michelin has been a reporter for the Red Deer Advocate since moving to the city in 1991.
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