What is the difference between a fire ban and a temporary suspension of burning privileges?
A fire ban has been declared for Strathcona County, effective noon on May 7. No outdoor fires are permitted until further notice. This applies to all rural areas, hamlets, and Sherwood Park.
A fire permit is required to have an open, uncontained fire or to use a burn barrel on your rural property. A condition of the fire permit is to call the burning information line at 780-464-8464 prior to igniting a fire.
Burning is suspended if current or projected weather conditions are conducive to the initiation of a quickly moving fire or if Emergency Services resources are depleted due to other emergencies. This is a temporary status; please phone back as the status may change when conditions change.
A fire ban is different from a temporary burning suspension. During a fire ban, wildfire conditions are considered critical. No one is allowed to burn in Strathcona County (including Sherwood Park), which includes using backyard fire pits and charcoal barbeques. A fire ban will be communicated to residents through the newspaper, radio, road signs and Strathcona County's website.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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