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 ONLY ALLOWANCE — Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking or heating are allowed.
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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.
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Oh, and I don’t care who you are. DON’T BE THIS PERSON!
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.