County of Stettler Press Release July 16, 2021 @ 5:25 pm published at 5:32 pm
As a result of extended extreme hot and dry weather conditions a FIRE ADVISORY is in effect for all of the County of Stettler.
Stettler Regional Fire departments are currently experiencing a high volume of vegetation fires caused in general by farming equipment, overheating equipment, and unattended outside fires. We advise the public to use extreme caution and that only necessary burning take place. Be aware of the weather conditions at all times while burning. Extinguish your fire if the change in weather increases the hazard of an open fire. Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure you have the appropriate water and equipment to properly extinguish your fire.
All Terrain Vehicles can start wildfires - INSPECT YOUR ATV frequently to ensure hot spots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly. There are no restrictions on burning at this time.
Please consider the following: 1. NEW PERMITS will be issued on a case-by-case basis and may be restricted or require additional conditions; 2. EXISTING PERMIT holders will be allowed to complete burning within the permit time period with extreme caution; 3. ALLOWS ESSENTIAL BURNING in burning barrels that are constructed of non-combustible material that have a tight fitting metal mesh screen with openings not larger than 15mm; 4. ALLOWS back yard fire pits, safe wood camp fires contained by non-combustible material with a metal mesh screen with openings no larger than 15mm. Portable propane fire pits, Gas or propane stoves and barbecues. 5. ALLOWS fireworks with a permit. Fire officials will continue to monitor conditions, and a fire restriction or fire ban could be issued. We will update the public of any changes.
The FIRE ADVISORY will remain in effect until further notice.
Mark Dennis, Regional Fire Chief