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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Fire ban issued for the Town of Whitecourt

Effective at 16:00 hours on May 22, 2019, all burning is suspended within the Town of Whitecourt.  No fire permits will be issued, and all existing fire permits are suspended until conditions improve in the Town and Whitecourt Forest Area.  Any fires currently burning must be immediately extinguished.  

The fire ban includes the following but is not limited to:

  • Backyard firepits,

  • Campground firepits,

  • All open burning,

  • Consumer fireworks,

  • Flame propelled floating lanterns,

  • Charcoal briquettes, including meat smokers,

  • Turkey fryers,

  • Tiki torches.

Allowed for use during the fire ban:

  • CSA approved or ULC certified gas or propane barbeques used for cooking,

  • Propane and natural gas fire pits,

  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters,

  • Electric or propane meat smokers.

The fire ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.

The operation of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) within the Town of Whitecourt is prohibited under Off Highway Vehicle Bylaw 1138 which prohibits OHV use within Town boundaries between April 1 and November 30 annually.  Penalties for contravening Bylaw 1138 range from monetary fines to OHV seizure.

OHVs can start wildfires so operators are encouraged to check OHVs frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, to make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly, and be familiar with any OHV restrictions in the Whitecourt Forest Area where the operation of any OHV, for recreational purposes, is prohibited.

Updates on the fire ban will be posted on www.whitecourt.ca and on Whitecourt’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TownofWhitecourt.  For details on fire bans across Alberta, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
 

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