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Fire season begins March 1

Post Date:02/02/2017 8:50 AM

Burn permits will be required and fire restrictions will apply

Fire season will start on March 1, 2017 and Lac La Biche County is reminding residents to prepare their properties and take steps to prevent wildfires.

“Every year, we ask community members to take precautions and this year is no different,” said John Kokotilo, Regional Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services. “Even basic preventative measures go a long way towards ensuring residents’ safety.”

Fire season lasts from March 1 until October 31. During that time, permits will be required for all burning except for campfires. Fire bans and other restrictions may also be enacted to protect the community and the environment.
Residents must apply to either the County or Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for burn permits, depending on which area of the municipality they live in. Click here to view a map of the permitting zones. Any burning done before March 1 still needs to be reported so the authorities know where to expect smoke.

Residents should also take the time to inspect old burn sites and make sure that previous fires are completely extinguished. County officials can use thermal imaging equipment to search for hot spots. Residents can call (780) 623-6767 to inquire about this service.

Community members interested in protecting their properties from wildfire can pick up FireSmart manuals for free at the County Centre and McArthur Place. The County is also carrying out FireSmart projects in rural areas to reduce threat levels.

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