Edmonton Fire Ban Remains in Effect
May 18, 2012
Despite recent precipitation, the City of Edmonton fire ban on open burning and fireworks remains in effect due to dry conditions. 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.
“We want to thank the public for complying with the ban since it took effect on May 11, 2012,” said Deputy Chief of Public Safety Russell Croome. “We understand that many people had plans for their long weekend that this ban may impact. However, safety must be our number one priority.”
During the fire ban, the City has emphasized 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.
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. Fire Rescue has adapted it to the unique wildland-urban interfaces 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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