Calgary, AB,
02
September
2015
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18:18
America/Denver

Fire ban lifted in Calgary

Due to improved air quality in Calgary, the Fire Department has lifted the fire ban prohibiting the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, chimeneas and other wood-burning devices.

“Effective this morning, the fire ban is lifted in our city,” said Fire Marshal Ed Kujat. “Due to the improvement in air quality and forecasted good weather, Calgarians can begin using their permitted fire pits as well as wood-burning devices including recreational campfires, barbecues, fire places and chimeneas.”

Alberta Health Services rescinded their air quality advisory late yesterday.

This is the first fire ban implemented by the Calgary Fire Department solely as a result of poor air quality. A fire ban is issued by the Fire Marshal to restrict types of fire uses in Calgary due to a high fire danger or poor air quality. Each fire ban includes a list of prohibited fire uses, which varies depending on the fire or health risk. To learn more about fire bans and advisories in Calgary visit calgary.ca/firebans.

The Calgary Fire Department will continue to monitor conditions and if air quality worsens as a result of smoke from forest fires in neighbouring states and provinces, the fire ban will be reinstated.