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Pair of blazes prompts warning from county fire officials

County of Grande Prairie fire officials are issuing a reminder to residents to be smart when burning, as crews from the County Regional Fire Service fight a pair of vegetation fires in the region.

County crews along with Alberta Wildfire are working to control a blaze north of Bear Lake, while crews remain on scene monitoring a second fire near Bezanson, with winds reported to be creating difficult conditions.

The fires have prompted officials to remind residents any permitted burn piles need to be fully extinguished and improperly extinguished fires can easily respark, especially when high winds are involved, residents are advised only to burn when necessary. Burning is also no longer permitted when winds reach the speed of 12 kilometres per hour or higher

On April 17th Alberta Wildfire officials raised the wildfire risk level in the Grande Prairie Forest Area to moderate.

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Residents are urged to keep up to date on any fire restrictions and bans in the region by keeping an eye on the Alberta Wildfire website.

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