Backyard fire pits will have to stay dormant for now with a fire ban in place for Edmonton.
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Edmonton is under a fire ban as of Friday morning, with hot and dry conditions making fire pits and fireworks no-go activities.Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said in a news release that the ban is effective immediately. That means open burning, cooking stoves and barbecues that use fuels such as wood and briquettes are all prohibited. Propane and gas barbecues are still allowed.Northern Alberta is grappling with multiple out-of-control wildfires already, with the fire danger forecast listed as very high to extreme.The fire ban is an upgrade from previous fire restrictions. Fire officials said the decision to put the ban in place was based on the fire weather index, which factors in temperatures, wind conditions, humidity and precipitation levels. Violating a fire ban can lead to fines or charges. “This may also include covering costs for emergency services,” Edmonton Fire said in the statement. @EdmontonFire is issuing a fire ban effective today, which prohibits open burning, fireworks, fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs that use fuels such as wood and briquettes within #yeg. Propane or gas BBQs are still permitted. For more info, please visithttps://t.co/OS13yMwVBl— Ken Block (@yegfirechief) May 31, 2019