A total fire ban has been imposed for all of the County of Stettler, because of dry and windy conditions.
Stettler Regional Fire Chief Mark Dennis said the ban took effect late last Tuesday and would remain in place until a substantial amount of moisture falls in the entire county.
“Conditions are extremely dry,” Dennis said this Monday. “There is so much growth out there that could fuel a fire.”
The fire ban prohibits the County of Stettler from issuing fire permits, and all outstanding fire permits have been suspended.
The ban includes all open fires, camp fires, briquette barbecues, burning barrels, chimeneas, fire pits and the discharge of fireworks.
The ban doesn’t apply to barbecues or camp stoves fuelled by propane or natural gas.
Stettler joins other central and southern Alberta communities that have imposed fire bans this fall. One of those districts is neighbouring Paintearth County.