City of Edmonton Issues Fire Ban
May 11, 2012
Dry weather conditions have led to a ban on open burning and use of fireworks within City of Edmonton limits. Backyard fire pits that comply with the City’s Community Standards Bylaw, as well as fire pits and wood stoves in parks are permitted. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
“Fire bans are about promoting awareness of the fire risk in Edmonton and preventing fires caused by regulated activities,” said Deputy Chief of Public Safety Russell Croome. “We want to work with citizens and visitors to protect life and property in Edmonton.”
Chief Croome said all residents should practice fire safety and fire prevention regardless of whether or not a fire ban applies to their activities.
“The fact is human carelessness is the number one cause of fires. We all need to practice fire safety and prevention. When it comes to outdoor fires, this means complying with bylaws and the conditions of permits related to fire pits, open burning and fireworks, as well as using an ashtray if you smoke.”
During the fire ban, the City will emphasize compliance over enforcement. However, anyone who breaks a fire ban may be subject to fines or charges if the activity causes a safety issue. This may also include covering costs for emergency services.
Fire officials have been monitoring weather conditions closely since the start of the wildland fire season. Despite recent precipitation, conditions remain dry and windy in Edmonton. Available weather data indicates this trend will continue.
What is open burning?
Open burning refers to the use of fire to burn organic materials like wood or grass in non-residential areas. Open burning is never permitted in residential areas, where only backyard fire pits are allowed. The City does not allow the burning of garbage or synthetic materials like car tires under any circumstance.
How does the City measure fire hazard?
In 2012, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services began using a tool called the Fire Weather Index System to measure and forecast fire hazard conditions in Edmonton. Fire officials around the world most commonly use this system for rural or forested areas. The City of Edmonton has adapted it to the unique wildland-urban interface throughout the City of Edmonton and in the North Saskatchewan river valley.
The Fire Weather Index System is based on weather data and takes into account everything from temperature and wind conditions to relative humidity and moisture levels in the ground.
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