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County grass fires prompt reminder to follow burn guidelines

Any burning in the County of Grande Prairie is supposed to be done in less than 12 kilometre an hour winds.

Otherwise, it could pick up the burn and spread it, as seen at a grass fire in the Bezanson area over the weekend.

Fire Marshal Ken Atamanchuk says burning can be done safely, with the right preparation.

“We are giving fire permits out, but the biggest thing is to go to the County website before you start to burn and look at our guidelines. We have some really good guidelines, which we want people to follow.”

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Not following the rules can lead to the cancellation of a fire permit.

Of the 119 grass fires the Fire Department responded to last year, many were in windy conditions, or done without a proper fireguard.

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