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Fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction lifted for Lac La Biche County (updated 2 pm, 7/6/2019)

Post Date:05/16/2019 8:15 PM
UPDATE 3 (3 pm, 30/05/2019)

Due to heavy precipitation and humid conditions, the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction for Lac La Biche County has been lifted. All fire permits are reinstated. If you have an expired permit that you wish to renew, or if you have any questions about the fire permitting process, please call our complaint line at 780-623-6767.

Thank you again for your cooperation during the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction period. Because of our community's compliance with the ban and restriction, there were no major forest fire incidents in our area.

UPDATE 3 (3 pm, 30/05/2019)

We’d like to remind all residents that both the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction for Lac La Biche County and the Forest Protection Area remain in effect.

Conditions have been hot, dry, and windy over the past few days, and the coming week shows no signs of change. Over the last 24 hours in Alberta, six out-of-control wildfires have started. And in the Lac La Biche Forest Protection Area alone, we have five wildfires that Alberta Forestry resources are currently holding.

It’s extremely important that every resident respects the fire ban and off-highway vehicle (OHV) restriction. In these conditions, even a small spark from an OHV’s exhaust or a campfire could cause a major incident, stretching Lac La Biche County and Alberta Forestry’s resources to their limits.

For more information, be sure to call Lac La Biche County’s complaint line at 780-623-6767.

Moreover, at this time, Lac La Biche County will not be opening a reception centre for evacuees from other areas. The County can only do this when requested by the Government of Alberta. However, if you know of any evacuees in the area, please ask them to call 780-310-4455 for information about resources available to them.
 
UPDATE 2 (3:30 pm, 21/05/2019)

Reminder: the fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction in the Forest Protection Area and Lac La Biche County remains in place, and will continue until a significant amount of precipitation reduces wildfire risk.

Please call the County's complaint line at 780-623-6767 if you have any questions, or to report those not complying with the fire ban or off-highway vehicle restriction. 

UPDATE (10 am, 19/05/2019) 

The fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction in the Forest Protection Area and Lac La Biche County will continue until future notice.

The low humidity, heavy fuel load, and strong winds make it difficult for crews to get fires under control.

The County's Peace Officers have been responding to complaints about campfires throughout the County this weekend. Keep in mind that even a small accidental fire can quickly spread in these conditions, causing devastating effects and damage.

Peace Officers have also been responding to complaints about quad use. Dry grass and muskeg that builds up on quads' engine and exhausts can heat up and fall off. That smouldering material combined with the dry conditions can easily start a wildfire.

Please call the County's complaint line at 780-623-6767 if you have any questions, or to report those not complying with the fire ban or off-highway vehicle restriction.

ORIGINAL POST
A fire ban and off-highway vehicle (OHV) restriction is in effect for Lac La Biche County. 

All fire permits are suspended and no new fire permits will be issued.
 
Prohibited:
• All open fires, including campfires and backyard fire pits.
• Charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers and tiki torches.
• Fireworks and exploding targets.
• The recreational use of off-highway vehicles on all public lands.
 
Allowed:
• Portable propane fire pits that are CSA-approved or UL-certified.
 • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues that are CSA-approved or UL-certified and are designed for cooking or heating.
• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters.
• OHVs for industrial use, agricultural use, and traditional use by Indigenous peoples, as well as use on private lands.
 
The fire ban and off-highway vehicle restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.
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