On Tuesday morning, Special Areas has put in place a fire advisory for Special Areas 2, 3, and 4 in eastern Alberta. They advise that only necessary burns take place and that the public does not leave any fire unattended.

The reason the board put on the fire advisory so early is to be prepared. "It's mostly anticipating, you know with the changing weather coming, anticipation of winds. The fuel on top, the grass, is not growing yet so it's dead and there is no moisture content in it. If we do have a fire, we have such limited access to get out in the prairie because it is still wet," explained Glen Durand Special Areas Fire Chief.

Durand also explains the fires that are still permitted with the advisory. "Incinerator fires are still permitted. People if they want to burn, all they have to do is contact us (Special Areas) and then we make the conditions on it. Yes, you may burn but you're requested to have maybe a tanker on standby, or a farm tractor, or a grader." Also permitted are campfires in campgrounds unless things change.

The Board is trying to protect residents in Special Areas. "We just want to be proactive, ahead of the curve in regards to this. Allow any current burns to burn down and allows who the burn permit holder is to monitor and check it to make sure it is cold. Ensures the protection of their property as well as neighbours and it all comes down to public safety," comments Durand.

The advisory does not include towns and villages within the Special Areas as their own fire departments handle their own restrictions. The fire advisory went into effect on Tuesday and will remain until further notice. Any questions can be directed to the Special Areas and Glen Durand.

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