The brief rain we got last night didn't do enough to ease the fire hazard in the Hanna area.The Special Areas Board has decided to re-impose a Fire Advisory that was lifted recently for Special Areas 2, 3 and 4.

"Conditions in the south part of Special Area Number 2 are extremely dry, so we're trying to limit all unauthorized burning and outside campfires in undesignated campgrounds," explained Rob Palmer, Deputy Fire Chief for the Special Areas.

"Some areas are good and some areas are very dry," he elaborated. "The south is very dry again; it's common for them down there, (but) we're just trying to make them aware of the hazards out there that are advancing every day with this hot weather."
The restriction is imposed on all outdoor fires but does not include gas or propane barbeques, or fires contained in campfire facilities in designated camping areas unless specifically posted. Existing Controlled Burns may be suspended or cancelled, and no new Controlled Burns will be permitted.
"It's not just the rain, things have to green up again," noted Palmer. "You could get two inches of rain and if it doesn't green up it really doesn't change the fire restriction for very long. If it rains and it's hot the next day, the fuel is still dry and burnable, right?"
Towns, villages or provincial parks within the Special Areas handle their own restrictions and should be contacted directly.

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