Fire advisories issued for parts of central Alberta

Crews battle a grass fire near the community of Cochrane earlier this year

"As of April 5, there are seven wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One of these wildfires is being held, two are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible parties.”

 

 

Mostly dry and windy conditions over the past several days have led municipalities throughout central Alberta to issue fire advisories.

Affected areas include Clearwater County, Kneehill County, Ponoka County (including Summer Village of Parkland Beach), Rocky Mountain House Forest Area, Town of Ponoka, Town of Rimbey, and Village of Caroline.

According to provincial officials, this means all existing fire permits will be allowed to expire with no further fire (open burn) and fireworks permits being issued.

The following are still permitted:

  • Internal household fire places
  • Safe wood campfires
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Portable propane fire pits & appliances
  • BBQ’s & smokers using charcoals and pellets
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

The advisories will remain in effect until conditions improve.

Since March 1, Alberta has recorded 34 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned 34.7 hectares, according to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry spokesperson, Melissa Story.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

For a full list of alerts across the province, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.

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