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Strathcona County places fire restriction in effect

A fire restriction has been declared for Strathcona County.

Although the county placed a fire advisory in effect earlier this month, the dry conditions and windy weather has led to an upgrade to a fire restriction.

This means that open fires, burn barrels, and fireworks are no longer permitted for use in the county. However, recreational fire pits with screens, propane and natural gas tables, and all barbecues are still allowed.

“It is very dry out and we need everyone to be cautious and do their part to reduce the chance of a wildfire getting out of control,” said fire chief Martin Paulson of Strathcona County Emergency Services.

According to the county, the majority of wildfires are human caused. This can be from a variety of factors, like flicking cigarettes out of windows, or even through sparks that come off an ATV.

There are several fire advisories, restrictions, and bans in the area. You can keep up to date with what you’re allowed to burn by visiting the Alberta Fire Bans website.

Strathcona County firefighters.
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