Dry, hot conditions and lack of rain lead to fire ban in Edmonton


A fire ban has been put in place for Edmonton effective 10 a.m. Thursday.

The ban, which will remain in effect until further notice, prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs​ that use fuels such as wood and briquettes.

Due to dry, hot & windy conditions, EFRS has issued a fire ban in #yeg which prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs that use fuels such as wood & briquettes. Ban in effect until later notice. #yegfire https://t.co/GSDiQ2vEq6

— Edmonton Fire Rescue (@EdmontonFire) May 17, 2018

According to a news release Thursday, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services made the decision to implement the fire ban based on the Fire Weather Index, which takes into account temperature, wind conditions, humidity and precipitation levels. Despite some rainy weather Thursday morning, conditions have not sufficiently improved.

Anyone caught breaking the fire ban may be subject to fines or charges, including possibly covering costs for emergency services.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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