A special weather statement was issued by Environment Canada for Strathmore and surrounding areas.
Unseasonably hot, dry conditions will begin this weekend with the highest temperatures being expected from Sunday through Tuesday where daytime highs are expected to reach the low 30s. It doesn't appear that it will cool do much in the evenings with the overnight and early morning lows expected in the low teens.
For this time of year, these daytime highs will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal.
Wheatland County and Strathmore are both still under fire advisories this ban represents a moderate fire risk.
At this time permit burning in the County is banned and all outstanding permits are suspended until further notice.
This ban in Wheatland County prohibits:
- Fire Permits
- Fireworks Permits
The exemptions to this fire ban are listed as follows:
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
- Fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designated camping and recreational areas.
- Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)
- Internal household fireplaces
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified.
- Recreational campfires (approved burn pit 24” in diameter or less)
- Regulated burning barrels
- Solid fuel barbecues (charcoal briquettes)
- Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified
As for the fire advisory in Strathmore, the fire advisory prohibits fires requiring a permit, including:
- Open air burning
An advisory allows:
- Fire Pits that meet guidelines (https://strathmore.ca/en/residents/fire-pit-regulations.aspx)
- All barbeques
Residents are always required to supervise fires in fire pits and have a source of extinguishment (i.e. garden hose) readily available. NO fire should be left unsupervised.
The Strathmore Fire Department will continue to monitor these conditions and changes will be made as appropriate.
While Strathmore and Wheatland County are under fire advisories other jurisdictions and Provincial Parks will have their own regulations. Check before you burn at albertafirebans.ca.
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