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First Wildland Fire of 2011 Reminder to Stay Fire Safe

April 27, 2011

The City of Edmonton is reminding citizens to be careful when enjoying Edmonton’s green spaces, parks, and river valley after the first wildland fire of the season.

“We just had our first wildland fire of 2011,” said Robert Hrsak, fire marshal, Edmonton Fire Rescue. “Fortunately, no one was hurt, and we didn’t lose any property. However, it’s a reminder that the wildland fire season has started, and all of us need to practice fire safety.”

Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to wildland fires on April 25. One occurred at Rundle Park. The other was in a ravine near 40 Street and 130 Avenue.
Hrsak said Fire Rescue is not considering a fire ban, but one will be issued if conditions change.

“We had a large amount of snow this year, and it’s pretty damp in many parts of the river valley. However, Edmonton often has periods of dry, hot weather over the spring and summer months. This can lead to wildland fires,” said Hrsak. “As we do every year, we’ll monitor the weather. If the city hits a dry spell, or frontline crews begin seeing a higher number of wildland fires, Fire Rescue will consider a fire ban.”

In 2010, Edmonton Fire Rescue responded to 26 wildland fires and 91 grass fires.

Fighting wildland fires is part of Fire Rescue’s mission to protect life, property and the environment to make Edmonton a safer and more livable city.

Help prevent wildland fires

The majority of Edmonton’s wildland fires are caused by human activity. Citizens are one of Fire Rescue’s most important partners when it comes to fire prevention and can help prevent wildland fires by following these basic safety tips.

  • ALWAYS use a non-combustible ashtray to put out your cigarette. NEVER throw your cigarette on the ground.
  • Only use the designated fire rings, barbecues and fire pits in City parks, and only burn clean fuel such as charcoal or dry wood.
  • Never leave your campfire or fire pit unattended.
  • If you see suspicious activity, call 911.
  • Teach your children about fire safety.
  • Comply with any fire bans in your area.
  • Make sure your fire pit complies with the City of Edmonton Community Standards Bylaw.
  • Remember that open fires for burning debris are not permitted in Edmonton’s residential areas.

For more information:

Tim Wilson

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services

Title Public Information Officer