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City of Grande Prairie joins county in immediate fire restriction

Following the implementation of a fire restriction in the County of Grande Prairie, the city has issued an immediate fire restriction that will remain in effect “until further notice.”

Officials say the measure is necessary due to the current dry conditions and increased risk of fire spread.

Under the prohibition, all outdoor fires not contained within a suitable fire pit, wood campfires in backcountry camping areas, and the use of fireworks and exploding targets are not permitted.

Safe wood campfires within a suitable fire ring, backyard fire pits, portable propane fire pits, gas and propane stoves, barbecues, catalytic or infrared-style heaters, and the use of propane, natural gas, or electrically powered cooking, heating, and lighting appliances are allowed when used safely.

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The city has released several safety guidelines for permitted fires saying fires must be conducted on a non-combustible surface such as rock or sand that extends at least one metre around the flame, someone must be attending the fire at all times, and sufficient water must be available on-site to extinguish the blaze.

Guidelines apply to all fires on private lands, including private land campgrounds and recreation areas. The city adds that additional fire safety requirements may be implemented when necessary in parks and protected areas.

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