A restricted fire order is in effect for all of Red Deer County.
“A fast spring thaw has created dry conditions, which can lead to a fire growing out of control,” the county said in a news release Friday morning.
The county requires all outdoor fires presently burning within the municipality, whether set with permission or under permit, be extinguished immediately. Outdoor fires within the county’s boundaries are currently prohibited.
No new fire permits will be issued until further notice.
This ban does not apply to fires contained within cooking and heating appliances that are fuelled by fluids, gases or wood pellets.
It also doesn’t apply to fires contained within industrial facilities for operational purposes, safe acceptable residential fire pits, gas or propane fuelled fire pits, stoves and barbecues, and catalytic or infrared style heaters.