The Grande Prairie Regional Fire Services has upgraded the fire advisory in the region to a fire restriction, impacting the county along with the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley. According to the county, the restriction is put into effect because of dry conditions in the region and a lack of significant rainfall in the forecast.
Over the past week over 150 hectares of land has burned, with regional fire crews fighting a number of vegetation fires. County Fire Chief Trevor Grant says residents are being asked to take all proper precautions and stay informed of fire restrictions.
Under the restriction the only burning allowed is for approved fire pits, burn barrels and propane appliances like barbecues, smokers etc. Anyone with an approved permit will need to follow permit guidelines and safe burning practices, which include remaining on site until burning is complete. Burning is never allowed when winds reach or are forecasted to reach 12 km an hour or higher. Those who have burn piles from this winter are being reminded to ensure they are completely put out.
All details and updates on the restriction can be found on the county’s website.