News » Fire Restriction replaces Fire Ban
Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Effective at 5:00 p.m. on June 14, a fire restriction is in place for the entire County, along with the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley.
Recent and forecasted rainfall has allowed the previous ban to be replaced with a restriction; however, officials are still urging residents to practice extreme caution this fire season.
“Conditions can change very rapidly during fire season, and while precipitation is good news for the area, we must remain vigilant,” says County Fire Chief Trevor Grant. “We’re asking everyone to use their common sense to help keep our family, friends and neighbours safe.”
Permitted burning is restricted to approved recreational fire pits, approved burn barrels and propane fired appliances (barbecues, smokers and fire pits).
Those who have an approved permit must follow permit guidelines and safe burning practices, including always remaining on site until burning is complete. Residents are reminded that burning is never permitted when winds reach, or are forecasted to reach, 12 km per hour or higher.
For safe burning practices, visit www.countygp.ab.ca/fire or contact Regional Fire Service at 780-532-9727.
Depending on the conditions, the County of Grande Prairie uses the following tiered system to temporarily limit activites that may lead to wildfires. Fire advisories, restrictions or bans can reduce human-cause wildfires.
- Fire Advisory: The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve.
- Fire Restriction: A fire restriction prohibits the use of wood campfires on public land but does allow wood campfires inside provincial campgrounds and private property. Fire permits may be restricted, suspended, or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
- Fire Ban: A fire ban prohibits wood campfires on public land, campgrounds, and private land including backyard fire pits. Fire permits will be suspended or cancelled, and no new permits will be issued.
County Regional Fire Service