The cold rainy weather this week has helped put an end to the fire ban in the Town of Sylvan Lake.
As of 10 a.m. this morning, the Town and the Sylvan Lake Fire Department lifted the ban which was put into place last week.
While the ban in town has been lifted, Red Deer County still has a fire ban in effect for the surrounding county.
The Town and the fire department would like to remind all residents to use caution when having a fire.
According to the town’s burning and fire pits by-law, fires are permitted in contained fire pits, outdoor fire places and barbecues.
Any of these containers must meet requirements as set by the Town of Sylvan Lake.
The requirements as stated in the by-law are:
-are more than three (3) meters from all buildings, property lines, and combustible materials;
-have a surface or cooking area of not more than 3,800 square centimeters;
-have enclosed sides no greater than 46 centimeters above ground level;
-are constructed of bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal, or other suitable non-combustible components as approved by the town.
-have a spark arrestor mesh screen of 1.30 centimeters expanding metal (or equivalent);
-are used to burn only clean fuel (clean dry wood or charcoal);
– are not to be used to burn Refuse or Waste matter;
-do not emit smoke or sparks onto neighbouring property, or otherwise create a nuisance or hazard to neighbouring property; and
-have a competent person in charge of the fire at all times until it is extinguished.