Nearly one year after the Gleichen and Carsland wildfires, Wheatland County has issued a fire advisory.

Clearing your unwanted excess in tree and bush trimmings as well as agriculture brush waste through open burning will have to wait. This from Wheatland County's Manager of Fire and Emergency, Judy Unsworth.

"We just in really drying conditions right now. It's perfect for farming but not so great for wildfires," said Unsworth. "As things aren't green anymore, as it's that time of year again where everything is dying out, we have elevated temperatures and wind. It runs a greater risk for running wildfires."

"Given that we just celebrated the one year anniversary of the wildfires in Carsland and Gleichen, we would like to proceed with caution. We've declared a fire advisory. So that means we won't be issuing permits for any large fires."

Unsworth commented that the two highest wildfire risk seasons are spring and fall. She understands that many folks want to burn brush and other garbage before the snow falls but can't urge people enough that the risk for wildfires is to high.

"I think it's just natural to get everything done before the snow fly's," Unsworth said. "I get it. Like I said, the two high seasons for fire risk are spring and fall. If you look at the Alberta fire-ban website, there are many other municipalities that are doing exactly the same thing that we are doing."

Until conditions improve, Wheatland County will continue to keep the fire advisory in effect.

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