Periodically, drought conditions warrant the implementation of a fire ban to protect against the possibility of a large wildland fire. A partial fire ban may be implemented, whereby only cooking fires in designated picnic areas are permitted, or a total fire ban may be implemented and all fires, including cooking fires, are banned within the County.
All valid fire permits issued before the fire ban is implemented are immediately cancelled. If the fire ban is lifted due to improved weather conditions, a new permit must be obtained to burn debris.
The County of Minburn will post information immediately if a fire ban is implemented. This information will be published in the local newspapers and announced on the radio stations 840 CFCW and Country 106.5 for at least two consecutive days. A telephone call-out to permit holders will ensure all current fire permits are cancelled. Additionally, information on fire bans can be obtained at the Alberta Fire Bans website www.albertafirebans.ca. Under extreme drought conditions, a fire ban for the entire province may be issued by the Minister responsible for the Forest and Prairie Protection Act.
The use of burning barrels is not permitted during a partial fire ban or a total fire ban. County residents are urged to haul their garbage to designated landfills during a fire ban.