Edmonton’s Citywide Fire Ban Includes You!

EDMONTON — Ladies and gentlemen (yes, that means you), the entire city of Edmonton has been under a complete fire ban for 9 days now; since Thursday, May 5, 2016. This means that you are not – under any circumstance – allowed to burn fires anywhere in the city’s limits, and quite frankly, almost anywhere in the province of Alberta for that matter.

The City of Edmonton has decided to take a zero tolerance approach to the fire ban:

As of Thursday, May 12, 2016, if you decide that you are for some reason above the fire ban, and you are reported burning an open fire, you will immediately be charged $250, with no warning.

Yes, this includes your own backyard!

Due to prolonged dry, hot, and windy conditions, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services issued a fire ban which prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves in parks, and BBQs using solid fuels.City of Edmonton

Edmonton fire departments have been dispatched to nearly 200 calls over the course of the past week alone. This is just absolutely unacceptable!

The entire city of Edmonton is under a fire ban
The entire city of Edmonton is under a fire ban

THE ONLY ALLOWANCE — Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking or heating are allowed.

ANOTHER ARTICLE:  UPDATED: MISSING PERSON, SHERWOOD PARK: Alan Lawrence Nelson, Age 91, Not Heard from Since August 1, 2016

NEED TO KNOW MORE? — If you need to learn more about the fire ban for some reason or another, you may head over to the official City of Edmonton website here.

CITIES ON FIRE BAN — To view a full list of cities in Alberta under a current fire ban, check out the official Alberta Fire Ban website here.

Have a look at Alberta’s brand new Fire Bans Map here

When firefighters are called to fire pits in people’s backyards, this clearly puts a strain on the available resources; a strain that is definitely not appreciated at this time of dire requirement. The weather’s dry. We need to take this fire ban seriously.

Please, everyone. Don’t think that you’re above the law. The fire ban has been put into place for a reason.

STORY CONTINUES BELOW
STORY CONTINUES BELOW

Oh, and I don’t care who you are. DON’T BE THIS PERSON!

Cigarette tossed out the window of a car
Cigarette tossed out the window of a car

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Please be safe out there, Edmonton!

Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 5:42 AM
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    i would put a much higher fine….

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    • May 13, 2016 at 6:17 AM
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      I concur! I thought the same thing when I first read about it. I’m thinking anywhere between $2,500 & $10,000 should do it! 🙂

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    • May 13, 2016 at 7:44 AM
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      How about paying to cover the cost of the first responders attending the call. You do the crime you pay for their time? Surely that could cost a fair amount.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 7:58 AM
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      Just checked. Charging for a minimum of two hours for a call out, with an average wage of 40$/hour for each firefighter, and cost of vehicle responding(200$/hr) it could cost the firebug over 1000$/ violation. Reality check!

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  • May 13, 2016 at 6:48 AM
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    I thought it was a province wide fire ban? Meaning all areas, not most, fall under this. 🙂

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    • May 13, 2016 at 6:59 AM
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      Actually, the province-wide fire ban doesn’t affect any cities in the province, interestingly enough! Each municipality has to announce their own fire ban! :O I too, was quite surprised by this.

      With that said, at the time of this writing, The City of Calgary and Chestermere are only under Fire Advisory, and the City of Leduc is under Fire Restrictions, whereas every other city in Alberta is under a Fire Ban.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 6:48 AM
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    $250.00 is a not a fine. $5000.00 is a damn good start.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 7:55 AM
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    Grow up people…this type of thing def speaks volumes at the lack of common sense most have. But the city and province have been nice enough to SPELL IT OUT for ya….don’t be a twat waffle!

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  • May 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM
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    Shared! 🙂

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  • May 13, 2016 at 9:56 AM
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    Not almost any in the Province…it is a Province wide fire ban! So no where in the Province of Alberta can you have an outdoor fire or even use a charcoal bbq. Also a ban on ATV use.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 3:15 PM
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      Each individual municipality needs to call their own fire ban. Please see my reply to Shawna Wheatley above.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 3:15 PM
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      Each individual municipality needs to call their own fire ban. Please see my reply to Shawna Wheatley above.

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    • May 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM
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      If it’s serious enough for the whole province to call a fire ban that should override all municipalities, specially since the province was declared to be in a state of emergency. And I live in Spruce Grove, we didn’t have a fire ban till just the other day put in place. But common sense told me not to have one with it so dry and hot out.
      Yay for common sense!

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    • May 14, 2016 at 6:33 AM
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      Oh yes, I complete agree with you, Erik!

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  • May 13, 2016 at 10:57 AM
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    Instead of these measly fines make make them fight fires

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  • May 13, 2016 at 12:41 PM
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    Sad, some people really don’t care…. Give them a wet gunny sack,and put them at the fire until they have put in enough time to cover the amount of the fine . . maybe they will get a clue HOW horrible out of control fires are …. …Judy

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  • May 13, 2016 at 1:55 PM
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    I have a fire pit. I like to use my fire pit. I am responsible enough not to want to set stuff on fire by using my fire pit when there is a fire ban on. I think the fines should be higher.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 4:59 PM
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    With what just happened in Fort McMurray and the recent local fires one would think a COMPLETE fire ban would be a more-brainer!

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