Effective at 1 p.m. on May 8, 2024 the City of Grande Prairie Fire Department has issued a Fire Ban within the municipal boundaries. The ban is in place due to dry conditions and a lack of significant rain fall in the forecast making conditions in the area an extreme fire hazard.

Residents are advised that the Fire Ban order will:

·Suspend all fire permits currently issued.

·Require all outdoor fires presently burning whether set under the authority of a Fire Permit or not, extinguished.

·Prohibit the lighting of all recreational outdoor fires, torches, displays, and open burns (see exceptions below).

·Prohibit the lighting of incinerators/burning barrels.

·Prohibit wood fires in engineered facilities in campgrounds.

·Prohibit the lighting and display of fireworks or the use of exploding targets.

The use of CSA-approved or ULC-certified natural gas, propane or electric barbeques used for cooking, gas fire pits, and electric catalytic infrared-style heaters are permitted so long as they meet combustible distancing and manufacturer's specifications.

Off highway vehicles (OHVs) are not currently banned.

"Due to our recent shortfall in rainfall and the expected hot, dry, and windy conditions, we face a heightened risk of wildfires, said Fire Chief Mark VanWerkhoven. "This fire ban is a crucial measure to protect our community and its natural surroundings. Compliance with these restrictions is vital for everyone's safety. We’re grateful for the community’s support and cooperation in helping prevent potential wildfires."

Please take necessary precautions to prevent wildfires and follow all fire ban regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of our community.

Negligence or willful non-compliance may result in up to $10,000 per day administrative penalties under authority of the Alberta Safety Codes Act (Part 5.1 – Administrative Penalties).

For information on Alberta Wildfires, visit: alberta.ca/alberta-wildfire.

Information provided by the City of Grande Prairie