City of Grande Prairie reduces fire ban to fire restriction

City of Grande Prairie reduces fire ban to fire restriction


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The Grande Prairie fire ban is now reduced to a fire restriction due to the recent rainfall. Residents are reminded that despite rainy conditions over the past few days, wildfire risk across the region remains high. 

The City of Grande Prairie asks residents to take all proper precautions by being informed and following the fire restrictions outlined below.

Prohibited:

  • All outdoor fires not contained within a non-combustible fire pit.
  • Wood campfires in backcountry or random camping areas.
  • Fireworks and exploding targets.

Allowed:

  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in public and private campgrounds.
  • Backyard fire pits and burn barrels on private land.
  • BBQs and smokers that use solid fuels (wood chips or pellets, charcoal briquettes, etc.)
  • Propane, natural gas or electrically powered cooking, heating and lighting appliances.
  • Open flame oil devices (turkey deep fryers or tiki torches).
  • Indoor wood fires contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor.

Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE or 911.

“It’s vital that everyone follows the fire restriction to help keep your property and our community safe,” said Deputy Chief of Fire Operations, Mike Anderson. “We urge residents to exercise extreme caution with any fire at this time and never leave a fire unattended.”

When operating equipment, make sure to clear debris from moving parts, check your muffler and keep equipment in good repair. Do not operate equipment in tall grass. Keep watch of your surroundings and ensure you have sufficient firefighting equipment and water available. Equipment fires or work-related sparks, friction and hot exhaust can cause even small amounts of dry fuels to ignite into a wildfire and spread easily.

 The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

For any questions or further information, please contact the City of Grande Prairie Fire Department at 780-538-0393.