Fire bans lifted in the Edmonton area
Published Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:05PM MDT
After days of cool, wet weather, officials in Edmonton and the surrounding area have lifted fire bans brought on by dry conditions.
On Wednesday, the City of Edmonton lifted its fire ban – which prohibited open burning and fireworks within city limits.
The city said both activities require a permit from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.
During the fire ban, city officials said no fines, charges or bills for emergency services were issued, although fire officials said they continued to see fires sparked due to careless smoking.
Also on Wednesday, Strathcona County officials lifted its fire ban which had been in effect since May 18.
The fire ban had applied to the entire county, including rural areas, hamlets and Sherwood Park.
County officials said although the fire ban had been lifted, fire permits are still required for open fires, and barrel fires – but are not needed for recreation fires, including the use of fire pits.