Posted July 12, 2021
Due to the continued hot and dry conditions, the Fire Advisory issued for the Town of Peace River has been upgraded to a Fire Restriction.
No fire permits for open burning will be issued until further notice, and all current open fires must be extinguished.
The discharge of personal Fireworks is prohibited under the Town’s Fire Services Bylaw (#1833). Exploding targets, incendiary type reveal items and flame powered floating lanterns are also prohibited as their use can result in uncontrolled wildfires.
Small, supervised fires in Fire Pits are still permitted in backyards, parks, and camping areas.
A Fire Pit fire is defined as:
- A fire in a non-combustible structure or container, that has the draft and smoke vents covered with a heavy gauge metal screen having a mesh size no larger than thirteen (13) millimeters and ventilated in such a manner as to preclude the escape of combustible materials, including ash.
- The fire is ignited for the purpose of cooking, obtaining warmth, or viewing pleasure.
- The Fire Pit shall be a minimum of three (3) meters from any combustible structure or material and shall be fueled only with seasoned wood, charcoal, coal, natural gas or propane.
- Means of extinguishing the fire (such as a charged garden hose or buckets of water) must be kept at hand while the fire is active.
- The fire must be always supervised and completely extinguished (soaked with water, stirred and soaked again until cold) before leaving.
- Extreme caution shall be exercised in windy or gusty conditions.
Charcoal briquette barbeques, Gas, and liquid powered appliances (stoves, lanterns, fire rings), Catalytic or infrared-style heaters and indoor wood fires are also permitted.
As dry grass conditions exist in un-maintained areas, the Fire Department would like to remind everyone to be extra cautious when outside:
- The use of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) is not permitted on public lands and roadways within the Town of Peace River limits. If you’re using an OHV on private lands, please ensure that debris, such as dried grasses and leaves aren’t collecting near the hot parts of your OHV such as the muffler, exhaust, under your seat, in the wheel wells, engine, and manifold.
- Please ensure that any smoking materials, such as cigarettes, are completely extinguished and placed in a suitable receptacle, rather than discarded along a trail, sidewalk, or roadway.