Dry conditions from the ongoing heatwave have fire crews concerned.

A fire ban is in effect for Lamont County.
 
No burning of any type is allowed in the area, including fire pits, charcoal barbeques or any form of open burning. Approved propane or natural gas barbeques and propane firepits with mesh screens are still permitted.
 
All active fire permits within the county are currently suspended as well.
 
“So, this fire ban pretty much prohibits all outside burning, that includes campfires whether it’s in an approved fire pit or not, ” said Lamont County regional fire chief, Shayne Milliken. “It also prohibits the discharge of fireworks and the use of exploding targets.”

Bruderheim, Mundare, Chipman and Lamont are not included in the fire ban. The only municipality within the county to have its own fire ban at the moment is Andrew.

Milliken urged extreme caution while doing other activities, such as riding ATVs or even cutting grass throughout the fire ban.

“We had a brush fire at 7:30 a.m. yesterday (June 28) morning, which is almost unheard of. It was actually due to cutting really tall grass, [the lawnmower] hit a rock, and a spark had started the field on fire.”

The county hopes to have the fire ban lifted as soon as possible; Milliken says the county would lift the ban once some rain falls and temperatures begin to cool down.
 
Other communities
 
Sturgeon County, Strathcona County and Bon Accord have fire restrictions in place. No new burn permits will be issued and all current fire permits are suspended. Backyard fires and BBQs are still allowed.
 
Fort Saskatchewan has a fire advisory in place. The city is urging caution for those having a fire.