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Fire Advisory in effect for Lacombe County

Existing fire permits remain valid

Effective April 29, 2020 there is a Fire Advisory in Lacombe County. This Advisory will be in effect until all areas in Lacombe County receive substantial changes to the current dry conditions. Current Burn Permits continue to be valid and new Burn Permits may be restricted and will be approved on a case by case basis.

“The Fire Advisory doesn’t restrict burning in the County, but it is there to alert ratepayers of the current risk conditions and could indicate a full Fire Ban in the near future,” said Lacombe County Fire Chief Drayton Bussiere. “Please make sure you are burning safely and responsibly.”

Under a Fire Advisory, existing fire permits remain valid (subject to suspension or cancellation). New fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis and may be restricted or require additional conditions. We ask that all conditions of valid fire permits are strictly adhered to.

What is allowed?

  • Safe residential fire pits and safe campfires in campgrounds are allowed. (non-combustible unit 36 inches in diameter or less)
  • Gas or propane stoves / barbecues and portable propane fire pits are allowed when used according to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Charcoal briquette and solid fuel barbecues are allowed when used according to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Chiminea’s (with screen covers that are located on a non-combustible surface) are allowed
  • Internal household fireplaces are allowed
  • Wood pellet smokers are allowed
  • Incinerators (for farm and acreage use) are allowed
  • Burning barrels (steel/metal drum no larger than 45 gallons, with screen covers that are located on a non-combustible surface) are allowed

Please remember:

  • Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – frequently check to ensure hotspots are free of debris and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished

Burns already completed should be checked, and extra care should be used to ensure burns are completely extinguished. This Fire Advisory may be elevated to a Fire Ban at any time. Please follow our website, www.lacombecounty.com, for the most current information.

-Submitted by Lacombe County

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