- A Fire Advisory – Fires are allowed, but public warning advising of extreme caution is issued. This level is a warning and may be upgraded to a Fire Restriction or Fire Ban if conditions do not improve.
- A Fire Restriction – All fires including: low hazard (family style fireworks), exploding targets, burning barrels, charcoal briquettes, sky lanterns, and incinerators are not allowed. All existing Fire Permits are immediately suspended, and no new permits will be issued.
The following fires are allowed during a Fire Restriction period:
- approved gas or propane cooking appliances;
- portable propane fire pits;
- recreational fire pits; campfires burning within designated fire containment units located within approved campgrounds; and,
- wood pellet fully contained smokers
- A Fire Ban – No fires are allowed including: recreational fire pits, fireworks, exploding targets, burning barrels, charcoal briquettes, wood pellet based fully contained smokers and sky lanterns.
The following can be operated during fire ban periods.
- approved gas or propane cooking appliances.
- portable propane fire pits.
What Can You Expect During a Fire Ban
- "A Fire Ban" - Several Fire Ban in Effect signs are posted at entrances to the County of Newell; a news release is sent out to the local media outlets; ads may be run in the local media; and, notification on the Alberta Fire Bans website is posted. Notification will also be posted on the County website and all social media accounts.
- "A Fire Restriction" - Refer to "A Fire Ban" mentioned above.
- "A Fire Advisory" - A news release is sent to the local media; ads may be run in the local media; and, a notification on the Alberta Fire Bans website is posted. Notification will also be posted on the County website and all social media channels.
County of Newell - Fire Ban
Thursday, July 29th, 2021
The Rural Fire & Emergency Services Coordinator for the County of Newell, in conjunction with County of Newell Fire Bylaw #1958-19 has upgraded the current Fire Restriction to a “Fire Ban” for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:
- Fire conditions are extreme.
- Wind speeds exceeding safe burning conditions at times.
- Lack of sufficient moisture levels to reduce the fire risk.
- Grass conditions in most areas are 100% cured, promoting rapid fire growth.
A Fire Ban, as stated in the County of Newell Bylaw #1958-19 is defined as no fires are allowed including: recreational fire pits, fireworks, exploding targets, burning barrels, charcoal briquettes, wood pellet based fully contained smokers, and sky lanterns.
The following can be operated during a fire ban period: approved gas or propane cooking appliances and portable propane fire pits.
Fire Guardians will continue to refuse to issue new fire permits until the Fire Ban is lifted. No exceptions will be permitted.
When the Fire Ban is lifted, after conditions improve for safe burning, all County Residents are reminded that a signed fire permit is required prior to kindling fires on lands. All permit holders are required to contact your local Fire Department prior to lighting the fire and follow any and all recommendations/conditions stated on the permit without exception.
Note: The Fire Ban does not affect/cover the following properties contained within the boundaries of the County of Newell: City of Brooks, Town of Bassano, Village of Duchess, Village of Rosemary, Provincial Parks and/or First Nations Reserves.
This Fire Ban will remain in effect until further notice.
To see a list of all fire bans within the Province, visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
For further information please contact:
Rural Fire & Emergency Services Coordinator
Fire & Safety Services Administrative Assistant