Thursday, May 12, 2016

Provincial fire ban in effect despite rain and snow in some areas

Toni Lucas

Pincher Creek Emergency Services Deputy Chief Pat Neumann explained today that even with current damp weather in the area the provincial fire ban restrictions are still in effect until the province lifts the ban. This means there are no open fires or fire pits allowed in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek and forestry areas.  All open fires are prohibited, including campfires and charcoal briquettes. Portable propane fire pits and gas or propane stoves and barbecues designed for cooking or heating are allowed.   An Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) restriction is also still in effect with allowances for agriculture, public safety, or commercial/industrial users who operate OHVs for farming, enforcement or business purposes. PCES is currently issuing permits and allowing fire pits within the Town of Pincher Creek.

The OHV restriction does not apply to the use of an OHV by indigenous peoples when exercising a right recognized and affirmed under Part II of the Constitution Act, 1982 or a right under section 12 of the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement.

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