Gateway Gazette

Fire Advisory Notice: M.D. of Foothills No. 31

A fire advisory has been issued for M.D. of Foothills # 31. Due to high winds and dry conditions, area residents are urged to be very cautious with any burning at this time until conditions improve.

Effective Date: June 1, 2015
Expiry Date: N/A

What is the difference between a fire advisory, fire restriction and a fire ban?

The three levels that you will see most often are fire advisory (yellow), fire restriction (orange) and fire ban (red):

Fire Advisory – Generally, this level is meant to inform that there is a high fire danger and that there may be certain types of restrictions on burning. It may be used as a ”warning” that a more restrictive fire ban may be coming if the situation does not improve. You may also see a fire advisory for short-term concerns like major wind events.

Fire Restriction – This level acts as a higher level or warning before a fire ban. Certain types of burning will be restricted, while certain types will be allowed. It is important to read the details of the fire restriction as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation.

Fire Ban –This level is usually put in place when a municipality has taken steps to restrict or prohibit certain types of fire use within that area. It is important to read the details of the fire ban as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation.

*Every municipality in Alberta may have slightly different legislation or bylaws for fire bans. It is important to read the details of each posting carefully and to contact your local municipality if you have any questions or concerns.

In the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta, the ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) controls all aspects of wildfire management, including fire bans. A fire restriction in this area means that campfires are only allowed in fire pits in campgrounds. Campfires are not allowed in random camping areas and most other types of burning are prohibited. A fire ban in this area means no campfires (or other open fires) are allowed in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping area. For more information about ESRD’s Fire Ban System, click here.

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