Dry conditions have forced a full fire ban for Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County.
The ban was issued at 10 a.m. on Thursday (May 17).
“The conditions leading to several wildfires in the region have resulted in the city of Edmonton, Strathcona County and the city of Fort Saskatchewan declaring a fire ban, effective immediately,” said Fort Saskatchewan fire chief Shawn McKerry.
This means no use of briquette BBQs and no wood burning in public picnic shelters, outdoor stoves or residential backyard fire pits.
Residents are still allowed to use propane fire pits and propane BBQ's.
“The fire ban will be assessed daily and will remain in effect until conditions change enough to warrant lifting the ban,” noted McKerry.
There is a fine upwards of $1000 for burning during a fire ban.
For updates check the city's website.