- 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 Restriction
Thursday, September 8th, 2022
The Regional Fire Chief for the County of Newell, in conjunction with County of Newell Fire Bylaw #1958-19 has issued “A Fire Restriction” for the entire County of Newell due to the following conditions:
- Lack of sufficient moisture levels, including high vegetation and low fine fuel moisture content.
- Wind speeds exceeding safe burning conditions at times.
- Temperatures contributing to the fire risk.
- The potential for more fires.
A Fire Restriction as stated in the County of Newell Bylaw #1958-19 is defined as: All fires including: low hazard (family style fireworks), exploding targets, burning barrels, charcoal briquettes, sky lanterns, and incinerators are not allowed.
The following fire 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.
County of Newell Fire Guardians will now refuse to issue new fire permit until the Fire Restriction is lifted, and any existing permits are hereby cancelled. All existing fires must be extinguished immediately. No exceptions will be permitted.
When the Fire Restriction is lifted, 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 Restriction 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.
The Fire Restriction 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:
Regional Fire Chief
Fire & Safety Services Administrative Assistant