Dry and windy conditions prompted Calgary officials to issue a Level 3 fire ban Friday afternoon.

The fire department says the dry fall grasses combined with expected winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour on Saturday have raised the fire risk.

Crews already battled several grass fires in the city today.

The fire ban includes all open flames with the exception of household fireplaces and propane and natural gas barbecues.

The Calgary Fire Department would like to remind all Calgarians to exercise extreme caution with all potential ignition sources and to not dispose of smoking material near grasslands or natural areas at anytime.

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Rocky View County has had a similar ban in place since Oct 1.