Due to extremely dry conditions, Lacombe County has imposed a countywide fire ban, which takes effect immediately and will continue until further notice.
As well, any fire permits issued by fire guardians of Lacombe County, or issued under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act prior to the ban have also been rescinded until further notice.
“In addition, the ban requires that al outdoor fires presently burning, whether set under the authority of a fire permit or not, be extinguished,” read a statement from the county. “No fire permits will be issued until the ban is rescinded.”
The fire ban does not apply to fires that are contained in cooking and/or heating appliances fueled by solid materials such as charcoal briquettes, or by liquid materials such as propane or natural gas. The ban also does not apply to fires contained in industrial facilities or on industrial sites that have been approved by a forest officer.
During the ban, burnable materials will continue to be accepted at waste transfer stations throughout the county.
“A person who sets a fire which is not permitted under this ban will be responsible for the costs of extinguishing the fire pursuant to Lacombe County Policy F1, and may be charged under the forest and Prairie Protection Act,” the release warned.