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County Changes Fire Status Notification Regions

Recognizing that weather conditions throughout Rocky View County’s large geographic area are not always even, the County is now able to issue Fire Advisories or Fire Bans on a regional basis.

In consideration of feedback from residents, and in conjunction with the Province of Alberta, County Fire Services is now able to issue advisories or bans with an East, West, or East & West indicator, with Highway 2 acting as the divider. Additional information is available at Fire Bans.

“Rocky View County operates fire protection services for nearly one million acres of land, covering a vast area and diversity of conditions throughout the year,” says Randy Smith, Fire Chief. “Previously, changes and updates to fire conditions had been implemented and communicated on a full-regional basis, covering this large geographic area with differing weather conditions and moisture levels. This also affects burning practice safety.”

There may still be advisories or bans in neighbouring municipalities, and information on fire bans and advisories throughout the province, can be found at AlbertaFireBans.ca.

Smith emphasizes that Fire Services continually safeguards the community by managing burning practices, reminding residents that it is always important to remember conditions can change quickly. “The County offers a Safe & Sound direct notification system where subscribers will automatically receive advisory or ban information as soon as conditions warrant,” says Smith.

To subscribe to Safe & Sound direct notifications system, visit: www.rockyview.ca/safe.

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