Due to the dry conditions and the wildfire earlier today, a fire advisory has been declared for both the East and West divisions of Rocky View County (RVC), effective immediately.
This advisory represents a moderate fire risk and will remain in effect as long as conditions remain.
During a fire advisory, all burning and fireworks permits are suspended, and burning is banned, with the following exceptions according to RVC:
- Indoor household fireplaces
- Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)
- Burning barrels
- Camp stoves (properly attended)
- Barbecues (charcoal briquettes, propane, or natural gas)
- Wood pellet grills
- Propane/natural gas fire pit
- Recreational campfires in an approved burn pit
- Fires contained within approved facilities and appliances in designated camping and recreational areas
- Oil well flaring (must register with central fire dispatch at 403-264-1022)
Rocky View County officials said that it appears the initial cause of a massive grass fire earlier today, which is now under control, was a downed power line. Officials said strong wind gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour contributed to the fire spreading over approximately 350 acres.
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