Sylvan Lake expanding charcoal ban in town parks

An amendment to the fire bylaw will see other items banned, as they could cause a similar problem

Sylvan Lake is expanding its recent ban on charcoal barbecues in town parks.

An amended bylaw will widen the ban to include the use of other solid fuels, such as wood, compressed wood and fire logs in town-run parks.

Fire Chief Cliff Brausen says this is to “side step” those looking to get around the charcoal ban.

“When we looked at (the charcoal ban) we started to ask if we are opening up the door to another issue,” Brausen said.

The expanded list includes items the fire chief felt could be substituted for charcoal briquettes. This could lead to hot coals and ash being dumped into bushes regardless of the charcoal ban, he said.

Unless Sylvan Lake is under a fire ban, charcoal and other solid fuels are acceptable on private properties in the proper receptacles, Brausen said.

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