Fire bans declared for Edmonton, Strathcona

The dry and windy spring has prompted Strathcona County to declare a full fire ban effective immediately for all rural areas, hamlets and Sherwood Park.

Dry and windy spring weather is prompting Edmonton and Strathcona County to issue fire bans.

The city is banning open burning and fireworks, though backyard fire pits that comply with city bylaws, as well as fire pits and wood stoves in parks are permitted. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Despite recent precipitation, conditions remain dry and windy in Edmonton and available weather data indicates this trend will continue, the city said. 

The city said it will emphasize compliance over enforcement during the fire ban.

However, anyone who breaks a fire ban may be subject to fines or charges including covering costs for emergency services if the activity causes a safety issue.

Strathcona declares full ban

Strathcona County declared a full fire ban for all rural areas, hamlets and Sherwood Park.

The ban covers the use of charcoal briquettes, burn barrels, private fireworks displays and outdoor recreational fire pits and suspends all fire permits until the ban is lifted.

The use of propane appliances, such as barbecues, is still allowed.

The ban is in place until further notice.

Failure to comply with fire bans may result in a $1,000 fine as well as significant charges for the cost of response.