Effective September 9, the County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire Service has issued a Fire Restriction for the entire County, along with the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley. 

The Fire Restriction replaces the former Fire Advisory issued on September 2. The Restriction is in effect due to the active Bearhole Lake wildfire, and the dry conditions and forecasted warming temperatures throughout the region.  

“With the high risk of wildfire across the region, we are asking residents to take all proper precautions and burn only when necessary,” says County Fire Marshal Ken Atamanchuk.  

Those who must burn must follow permit guidelines and safe burning practices, including always remaining on site until burning is complete. Residents are reminded that burning is never permitted when winds reach, or are forecasted to reach, 12 km per hour or higher.  

Details and any updates to the restriction will be available at www.countygp.ab.ca/fireban. View all current fire restrictions and bans in place across the province at www.albertafirebans.ca.   

Stay updated: 

  • Fire Advisory: The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn't improve.  
  • Fire Restriction: A fire restriction prohibits the use of wood campfires on public land but does allow wood campfires inside provincial campgrounds and private property. Fire permits may be restricted, suspended, or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. 
  •  Fire Ban: A fire ban prohibits wood campfires on public land, campgrounds, and private land including backyard fire pits. Fire permits will be suspended or cancelled, and no new permits will be issued.

For safe burning practices, visit www.countygp.ab.ca/fire or contact Regional Fire Service at 780-532-9727. 

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Media Contact:  
Ken Atamanchuk 
County Fire Marshal 
780-532-9727