photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection

photo courtesy of Metro Creative Connection

Fire advisory in effect for the County of Stettler

Permits are required for essential and non-essential burns

A fire advisory is in effect for all of the County of Stettler as a result of extended extreme hot and dry weather conditions.

Stettler Regional Fire departments are currently experiencing a high volume of vegetation fires caused in general by farming equipment, overheating equipment and unattended outside fires.

Stettler Regional Fire departments advise that the Stettler public use extreme caution when it comes to burning, and to only have necessary burning take place.

Taking caution during the fire advisory includes being aware of the weather conditions at all times when burning and ensuring that you extinguish your fire if the change in weather increases the hazard of an open fire.

It is important to never leave a fire unattended and make sure you have the appropriate water and equipment to extinguish your fire.

In addition to unattended fires and overheating farming equipment, All Terrain Vehicles can also start wildfires. Inspect your ATV frequently to ensure hot spots are free of debris and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.

Although there are no restrictions on burning at this time, there are a few things to consider:

1. New permits will be issued on a case-to-case basis and may be restricted or require additional conditions.

2. Existing permit holders will be allowed to complete burning within the permit time period with extreme caution.

3. Allows essential burning in burning barrels that are constructed of non-combustible material that have a tight fitting metal mesh screen with openings not larger than 15mm.

4. Allows back yard fire pits, safe wood camp fires contained by non-combustible material that have a tight fitting metal mesh screen with openings not larger than 15mm; portable propane fire pits, gas or propane stoves, and barbeques.

5. Allows fireworks with a permit.

Fire officials will continue to monitor conditions, and a fire restriction or fire ban could be issued. We will update the public of any changes.