While Rocky View County downgrades to a fire advisory, the City of Airdrie still sits at a fire restriction.
For Rocky View County, during a fire advisory, here are the things permitted:
- Indoor household fireplaces
- Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)
- Burning barrels
- Camp stoves (properly attended)
- Barbecues (charcoal briquettes, propane, or natural gas)
- Wood pellet grills
- Propane/natural gas fire pit
- Recreational campfires in an approved burn pit
- Fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designated camping and recreational areas
- Oil well flaring
For Airdrie, James Kostuk, Deputy Fire Chief said you still can have recreational fires.
'Within the city with a fire restriction, residents can still have residential backyard fire pits. As long as you're following all the rules, and you follow the City of Airdrie requirements."
Here are the requirements according to the city:
- A minimum of three metres of clearance (measured from the nearest fire pit edge) must be maintained from buildings, property lines or other combustible material.
- The fire pit height can not exceed 0.6 metres when measured from the surrounding grade to the top of the pit opening.
- The fire pit opening can not exceed one metre in width or diameter when measured between the widest points or outside edges.
- The fire pit must have enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks or heavy gauge metal.
- A metal mesh screen (spark arrestor) with openings no larger than 1.25 cm and constructed of expanded metal (or equivalent non-combustible material) must be used to cover the fire pit opening.
- Clean, untreated wood is the only acceptable burnable material.
"Once we see prolonged cooler temperatures, with a little bit more precipitation, we'll look at downgrading to an advisory or taking off the restrictions completely."
Kostuk wants to remind Airdronians to be extra careful as the province is quite dry.
To see all the fire restrictions within the province, click HERE.
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