Although the weather is perfect for backyard fires, making sure you're starting them legally should be top of mind.
 
In Fort Saskatchewan, fire pits must follow a strict guideline including being three metres away from any fence, deck, house or garage. There also needs to be a cover on the pit to prevent embers.
 
"We don't actively investigate against prohibited pits right now, but we do get a number of complaints throughout the year that we do investigate," said Fort Saskatchewan fire chief Shawn McKerry. "If the owner doesn't comply with education, then we look at the next phase where we can issue fines."
 
Although the area has recently seen a good amount of rain, the warm weather approaching will dry out grass and trees quickly.
 
"No matter what the risk, we have to be safe with fire and be cognizant that fire can cause a lot of damage," added McKerry. "Fire still can get away on you, it can quickly spread from a fire pit to a garage, house or deck if you turn your back on it."
 
Currently there is no fire ban or restriction in the Fort, but Lamont County does have a fire advisory in place.
 
 
 
 

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