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Fire season begins on March 1

Burn permits will be required and fire restrictions will apply

Post Date:02/22/2018 7:48 AM

Fire season starts on March 1 and Lac La Biche County is reminding residents to take steps to protect the community and the environment.

From March 1-October 31, permits will be mandatory for all burning except for campfires. During this time, Lac La Biche County and Alberta Agriculture & Forestry can also order 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. To obtain permits from the County, call (780) 623-6767. Sites must be visited and inspected prior to permits being issued. For permits from Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, call(780) 623-5388.

The County will strictly enforce penalties for burning without permits or for not complying with fire restrictions. Depending on conditions, there may be times when permits are suspended.

“The permit system and restrictions are put in place for public safety,” said John Kokotilo, Regional Fire Chief and Manager of Protective Services. “As we’ve seen in the last couple of years, wildfires can have devastating effects on communities. At this time of year, residents should be inspecting old burn sites and making sure that previous fires are completely out.”

County officials can use thermal imaging equipment to search for hot spots and determine if previous fires are still smouldering underground. Residents can call (780) 623-6767 to learn more about this service.