Fire Ban Enforced Across the Municipality
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 25, 2015) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has applied a full fire ban in the urban service area (Fort McMurray) due to high, very high or extreme wildfire hazard levels resulting from the continuing and forecasted hot and dry weather. The ban reflects the province-wide ban issued by the provincial government, which covers the rural areas of the Municipality.
All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. Outside fires of any type, including open-air fires, recreational fires contained within a portable or stationary fire pit, charcoal barbeques and fireworks are not permitted during this ban. The exemptions to this fire ban are internal household fire places and propane or natural gas barbecues.
Any person who ignites, fuels, supervises, maintains or permits an outdoor fire within the urban service area during this fire ban will be fined at the discretion of the Emergency Services Bylaw. If emergency fire response is required, the person responsible for the fire can be charged the full firefighting costs.
There have been 21 wildfires in the Municipality since April 1, all of which were caused by human activity.
Up-to-date information fire restrictions and fire bans is available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473) or by visiting albertafirebans.ca.
To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (310-3473).
Emergency Services will be monitoring the situation, and further information will be provided, should weather conditions change, or the ban be revisited.
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