Butt out carefully in hot, dry weather, fire department warns
Calgary Fire Department warning people to be careful tossing out cigarettes during extreme heat
It's another hot and dry day in Calgary — and the fire department is warning people to be careful to not accidentally start a fire.
The temperature is expected to be in the 30s all week, leading to very dry conditions that could be a prime starting point for flames. Officials say even tossing aside a cigarette butt could be enough to cause problems if people aren't careful.
"We often see improperly disposed of smoking materials starting fires, especially if they're put into vegetation, any sort of organic material, gardens, flowerbeds, planter pots," said Carol Henke, spokesperson for the Calgary Fire Department. "That is a dangerous place to be putting your cigarettes."
Fire bans are in effect in several southern Alberta communities because of the conditions.
Black Diamond, Turner Valley and the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass have banned fires in their areas.
The Calgary Wildlife Management Area has issued a fire restriction due to the high wildfire hazard caused by hot and dry conditions.
That restriction extends south from Highway 532 to the Waterton Lakes National Park boundary, then east from the Alberta-B.C. border to the Porcupine Hills.
Current fire permits in the area are cancelled.
As well, fire advisories are in effect for the following areas:
- Westlock County
- Parkland County
- Fox Creek
- Municipal District of Foothills No. 31
- Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133
- Special Areas 2, 3 and 4
- Cypress County
- Cardston County
- Municipal District of Pincher Creek
- Brazeau County
- Drayton Valley
More more information on the specifics of each fire advisory, restriction and ban, click here.