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County appoints “fire guardians” to aid with fire permitting, education

County of Grande Prairie council has approved the appointment of this year’s “fire guardians.”

According to the county, fire guardians assist with issuing fire permits which are required for all residents who wish to have an outdoor fire in the County and include fire pits, burn barrels, or incinerators. Additionally, fire guardians have been placed in charge of educating the public on safe burning practices.

A total of 34 fire guardians have been appointed this year across 10 divisions in the county including, Bezanson, Clairmont, Dunes, East of Wembley, West of Wembley, Beaverlodge, Hythe, La Glace, Sexsmith, and a forestry division.

The county is encouraging residents to remain aware of the current wildfire rating and remember to completely extinguish fires, especially while exploring crown lands and rural county lands.

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Residents are encouraged to contact their local fire guardians for any questions, and a full list of their names and contact information as well as the divisions they represent is available on the county’s website.

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