Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean that the Drumheller area is immune to a fall fire.

Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade is hesitant to call the summer fire season over, saying that the area is still pretty dry.

"Well, there's always a risk of it, especially now that we're starting to get a few winds. It is still quite dry out," explained Wade. "We're a little bit fortunate: it's starting to cool down at night and we're starting to get some dew, so that does retain some moisture in the grasses. But, there's always some risk."

Wade says the community suffered around the same number of fires this summer as last, but that it could have been worse.

"We didn't have very many grassfires. We were quite fortunately. I know the rural areas had some pretty large fires, but from the standpoint of the Town of Drumheller and in the valley, we were pretty lucky."

Drumheller residents were under a fire ban frequently this summer, thanks to extremely dry weather conditions that saw fires spark throughout Western Canada. When asked about future fire bans this fall, Wade couldn't promise anything.

"It's hard to say. Again, it will depend on weather and moisture and that type of thing. We had a little bit of rain last week, so that was nice to see, but it's a day to day thing."

Most of southeastern Alberta is under some degree of fire ban. Fire advisories are in effect in Kneehill and Wheatland Counties, while Starland, Stettler and Vulcan Countries have fire restrictions in effect and areas east of Drumheller are under a fire ban.

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