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Fire season begins, permits now required for burning

Permits and fire restrictions will protect the community and environment

Post Date:03/01/2017 7:41 AM

With spring around the corner, fire season has officially started.

From now until October 31, permits are mandatory for all burning except for campfires. During this time, Lac La Biche County and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry can also implement fire bans and other restrictions to help prevent wildfires.

The County and the Province handle permitting and wildfire management in different areas of the municipality. A map of the permitting zones can be found on the County’s website. Residents need to know which area they live in so they can contact the appropriate organization for permits.

To obtain permits from the County, call (780) 623-6767. For permits from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, call (780) 623-5388.

The County will strictly enforce penalties for failing to get permits or for not complying with fire restrictions.

“We are taking community protection very seriously, and we need residents’ cooperation to keep the number of wildfires in our area to a minimum,” said John Kokotilo, Regional Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services. “If you start a fire and the fire department has to put it out for you, then you may be charged for the resources that are dispatched.”

The County will post information about the municipality’s fire restrictions on its website and official Facebook page throughout fire season.

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