A fire restriction is now in effect in Cochrane, and all outstanding burning permits have been suspended until further notice.
In a fire restriction, there is deemed to be a high fire danger. Fire hazard conditions are at a level where wildland fires can start and grow quickly.
"We do hope that there is some moisture coming, but we just don't if it's going to hit us or not, so we had no choice but to put a restriction on at this point," explains Fire Inspector Jeff Avery, of the Cochrane Fire Services.
It means no open wood-burning fires or charcoal briquette BBQs are allowed, including backyard firepits.
Woodburning fires in screened appliances such as indoor/outdoor fireplaces or Fourno ovens are permitted. Gas or propane stoves/BBQs and portable propane fire pits are allowed.
For more details on other allowed/not allowed devices, please click here.
The fire restriction will be in place until further notice.
It follows a fire ban issued by Rocky View County on Apr. 27.