Calgary, AB,
25
August
2015
|
21:08
America/Denver

Fire ban issued in Calgary due to poor air quality

To minimize the amount of smoke adding to the poor air quality, the Calgary Fire Department has issued a fire ban prohibiting the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, chimeneas and wood-burning devices.

“We made the decision to implement a fire ban based on the recent Alberta Health Services air quality advisory. As they confirmed, the current air quality may pose a health and safety risk to citizens,” said Fire Marshal Ed Kujat. “We are asking all residents not to use their backyard fire pits, recreational campfires, chimeneas as well as wood-burning fireplaces in their homes, in order to reduce the amount of smoke going into our air.”

Due to forest fires in neighbouring provinces and states, Calgary is experiencing poor air quality. The fire ban will be in effect until further notice, when the air quality improves and is no longer deemed a risk to health and safety.

To learn more about fire bans in Calgary visit calgary.ca/firebans, and to learn more about how to reduce your exposure to the current air conditions visit Alberta Health Services.