A city-wide fire ban is now in place. This is aimed at preventing the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban remains in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. Certain periods in the year create conditions that make even controlled burning dangerous and this risk can quickly lead to fast and uncontrolled spread of fire. All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban, even for those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns as well as campfires. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the fire ban.
Residents are encouraged to use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:
- Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks
- Keep BBQ propane tanks at least 3 m from buildings.
- Wood piles should stored a safe distance from the home
- Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground
- Clear out any accumulated dry/dead debris from property
Carelessly discarded cigarettes continue to be a major cause of grass fires during these dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows. (news release)
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