The Calgary Fire Department has issued a temporary fire ban due to the “significant increased risk of outdoor fires,” due to historically low moisture levels in outdoor grasses and other organic materials in the area.
The ban prohibits the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor chimeneas, tiki torches, fireworks, exploding targets, and other open flame devices that burn solid fuels including wood and briquettes.
Per the advisory posted to the city website,
Calgarians are asked to be especially cautious in the city’s natural areas and green spaces where there are dry grasses and shrubs as well as dried leaves covering parts of the ground. Remember to only dispose of smoking materials in proper ashtrays. The fire ban includes all City parks.
The fire ban will remain in effect until ground and weather conditions are no longer deemed a risk to health and safety.
Fines for violating a fire ban range from $500 to $5,000.