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City and county firebans active now

June 8, 2023

By: Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative

The City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie are currently under a fire ban. 

The fire ban includes the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, and Wembley. 

The county says the ban comes due to the  hot, dry, windy weather conditions, and current wildfire activity.

The County Regional Fire Service is currently responding to the Peavine Creek Wildfire that cross the B.C. border yesterday. It is also monitoring the Boone Lake Complex wildfire in Saddle Hills County.

The county and city say all fire permits are revoked and no new fire permits will be issued until the ban is lifted, and all fires currently lit must be extinguished. 

“Under the ban, all outdoor fires are prohibited, including recreational fire pits, open pit burning,  charcoal briquettes, burning barrels, cooking fires, burning of refuse, brush piles and crop stubble, as well as fireworks,” said the county in a news release. It says the use of propane appliances, such as barbecues, is still permitted.

The city reminds residents that, “negligence or willful non-compliance may result in up to $10,000 per day administrative penalties under the authority of the Alberta Safety Codes Act.”

(File photo by Jesse Boily)