Ponoka County issues fire advisory

Starting Sept. 1 Ponoka County won’t be issuing any fire permits

Due to dry and windy conditions Ponoka County announced it will come under a fire advisory starting Sept. 1.

The county issued a statement Aug. 30 explaining that the advisory includes the Town of Rimbey and the Summer Village of Parkland Beach and that all existing fire permits are suspended.

“Due to continued dry windy conditions, and warming temperatures in the forecast, the county will not be authorizing any new fire permits until further notice,” states the release.

However, burning barrels with screens and cooking or warming fires in approved fire pits are still allowed. The county offers that those types of fires must still be monitored at all times and used with “extreme caution.”

“This advisory will remain in effect until adequate moisture is received or conditions necessitate the need for a fire ban.”

“In a split second an ‘under control’ fire can take a turn for the worse. Before and during your fire, be aware of the current weather conditions and re-evaluate if the weather changes.”

The county advises residents extinguish their fire if weather changes increases the hazards of a fire.

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