Changes have been made to the fire ban in the County of Grande Prairie. As of May 30th, people in the County are no longer allowed to use off-road vehicles on public land or use gas, propane and recreational fire pits in County parks and campgrounds.
Under the ban, all existing burning permits are revoked and no new permits will be issued until the ban is lifted. The use of burning barrels, fireworks, pellet barbeque smokers, turkey fryers, Tiki torches is still not allowed. The use of gas barbecues is permitted though.
People who do not follow the rules could face a $5,000 fine as well as charges for fire department response.
The fire ban will remain in effect until weather conditions change and the area receives a significant amount of rainfall. A fire ban is also still in place for the City of Grande Prairie, the Grande Prairie Forest Area and the Towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley and the Village of Hythe.