The decision is based on the Fire Weather Index, which is currently rated at extreme. The index is monitored daily and takes into account temperature, wind conditions, humidity, and precipitation levels.
Backyard fire pits and recreational cook stoves in parks are allowed, provided they are used with caution. Backyard fire pits must meet all the requirements of the fire pit bylaw.
The City will emphasize compliance over enforcement. However, anyone who does not comply with the terms of this restriction may be subject to fines or charges if the activity causes a safety issue. A resultant fine may also include costs for emergency services.
If conditions change, a fire ban may be implemented. A fire ban would prohibit the use of backyard fire pits, cooking stoves in parks, and BBQs using solid fuels such as wood and briquettes.
This restriction will remain in effect until further notice. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will continue to monitor the Fire Weather Index rating in order to determine the necessary precautions required to keep people safe.