Cal­gary ends out­door fire ban

Calgary Sun - - NEWS -

Cal­gary has lifted its twoweek-old fire ban thanks to rain, cooler tem­per­a­tures and im­proved air qual­ity.

The fire depart­ment im­ple­mented a ban on out­door fires Aug. 29 due to un­re­lent­ing hot and dry weather.

How­ever, de­spite the lift­ing of the ban, fire of­fi­cials are urg­ing con­tin­ued cau­tion when us­ing out­door open flames, in­clud­ing bar­be­cues and back­yard fire pits, and when dis­pos­ing of smok­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“De­spite the ban be­ing lifted, ev­ery­one should con­tinue to be ex­tra cau­tious with out­door flames — es­pe­cially the dis­posal of smok­ing ma­te­ri­als,” spokes­woman Carol Henke said. “Cal­gary fire crews con­tinue to re­spond to out­door fires cre­ated by the im­proper dis­posal of smok­ing ma­te­ri­als in planter pots and flower beds. Th­ese fires can smoul­der for hours and lead to dev­as­tat­ing and po­ten­tially deadly fires.”

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