Recreational fires are out for the time being in the Meadow Lake area.
The Meadow Lake Fire Department, along with officials from the City and Rural Municipality of Meadow Lake and Flying Dust First Nation have declared a fire ban starting today, due to dry and windy conditions. The RM ban includes the entire region, including areas bordering the northern provincial forest and Meadow Lake Provincial Park.
No burning barrels, fire pits, fireworks or outdoor burning of wood, grass or other materials is permitted while the fire ban is on, according to Meadow Lake Fire Chief Neil Marsh.
“There is an increased hazard,” he said. “It’s a precaution to ensure wildfire does not occur. The fire ban is in place so that there are no intentional fires set, which reduces the risk of uncontrolled fires. Any burning permits that might be issued under normal circumstances will not be issued.”
The ban is in effect until further notice, and is weather dependent, Marsh added.
“A light sprinkle of rain won’t remove the ban, but a really good soaker will make it more of a possibility,” he said.
Residents are permitted to use propane devices, like barbecues, but should exercise caution. And with the return of spring weather, Marsh also said people should keep a close eye on the exhaust systems on their quads, dirtbikes and even cars.
“People should also be cautious with anything that could cause accidental firestarts, including any off-road vehicles,” Marsh said.
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