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Fire Ban enacted across the Region, including urban service area

 

(Fort McMurray, AB – May 17, 2019) - Effective May 17, 2019, the Regional Emergency Services department of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has issued a Fire Ban in the urban service area (Fort McMurray).

The ban reflects the northern Alberta Fire Ban issued by the provincial government, which covers the rural areas of the Municipality. The ban has been issued due to high, very high or extreme wildfire hazard levels. In addition to the Fire Ban, the recreational use of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) is prohibited on public land, due to the potential for new fire starts; as such, all OHV staging areas in the urban service area will be closed for the duration of the ban period.

As a result of the Fire Ban:

  • All fire permits are suspended or cancelled
  • No new fire permits will be issued
  • Outside solid fuel fires of any type, including open-air fires, recreational fires contained within a portable or stationary fire pit, charcoal barbeques and fireworks are prohibited

 

The exemptions to the Fire Ban include:

  • Internal household fireplaces
  • Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified
  • Natural gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified and are designed for cooking or heating
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

 

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.

Up-to-date information on Fire Advisories, Restrictions and 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).

The ban remains in effect until further notice. During this time all burn abatement activities have been suspended.