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Fire season ends

Residents should report winter burning, inspect old burn sites

Post Date:11/01/2018 8:30 AM

Fire season ended on October 31, meaning permits are no longer required for burning.

Even though permits are not necessary from November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019, residents still need to report any wintertime burning that isn’t in a fire pit or burn barrel to Lac La Biche County’s Protective Services department by calling (780) 623-6767. This lets the authorities know where to expect smoke and reduces the number of false alarms.

Residents are reminded to never leave any burn sites unattended. People should also inspect old burn sites to make sure that previous fires, including campfires, are completely extinguished. It is possible for fires to burn into the soil, continue smouldering underground, and resurface months later.

Lac La Biche County staff members can use thermal imaging equipment to detect underground “hot spots” from previous fires on residents’ properties. Residents should call (780) 623-6767 to inquire about this service.

“I would like to thank our residents for being very cooperative and proactive this fire season,” said Regional Fire Chief John Kokotilo, Manager of Protective Services. “Residents have been diligent about applying for permits and keeping us informed, which is great to see, and lots of people used our free FireSmart assessment program to help keep their properties safe from the possibility of wildfire. This all tells me that residents are engaged and keeping safety in mind, which is a very positive thing for our community.”

Fire season begins again on March 1, 2019.