Fire Ban lifted for city of Calgary
The Special Air Quality Statement for the city of Calgary has been lifted by Environment Canada. In response to the improved air quality and a lower Air Quality Index rating, the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) has lifted the July 16th fire ban that was implemented for health and safety reasons.
The CFD continues to urge citizens to use caution when using outdoor open flames, including barbeques and backyard fire pits and when disposing of smoking materials.
“Despite this ban related to air quality being lifted, everyone should continue to be extra cautious with outdoor flames – especially the disposal of smoking materials,” says Public Information Officer Carol Henke.
“Calgary has seen higher than normal temperatures this summer leading to drier conditions and fire crews continue to respond to outdoor fires created by the improper disposal of smoking materials in planter pots and flower beds,” adds Henke. “These fires can smoulder for hours and lead to devastating and potentially deadly fires.”
Citizens are also urged to familiarize themselves with City bylaw standards for fire pits in order to help keep their communities safe and be good neighbours: calgary.ca/firepits
For more information on Calgary fire bans and fire safety advisories, please visit calgary.ca/firebans or contact 311. For information on general fire safety and fire prevention, visit calgary.ca/fire Remember to always call 9-1-1 to report a fire.