Please be advised that Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services has rescinded the FIRE BAN and Recreational ATV/UTV BAN effective 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26. An assessment of the area fine fuels hazard is currently and forecasted to be moderate. Vegetation green up continues as the County and area has received between 25 to 75mm of rain in the past week, and relative humidity is moderate at 40%-60%. Forecasted temperatures are favourable across our region with light to moderate winds. Scattered showers and thundershowers will occur along the eastern slopes as a weak cold front moves into northern and western Alberta over the weekend with most areas forecasted to receive 20mm.
Reflective (past week) and current conditions are:
- Fine Fuel Moisture index is Green (moderate)
- Duff Moisture is Green (moderate)
- Drought code is still yellow (high)
- Initial spread index is green (Moderate)
Fire Services will continue to monitor 10 day trends. Fire behavior has the potential to increase with winds if little to no moisture falls. Continue to monitor AlbertaFireBans.ca for updated information or LSAC.ca.
Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services sincerely thanks our residents and visitors for their vigilance, patience, and compliance of the recent FIRE BAN and ATV/UTV BAN and reminds all that we must always use caution and be responsible. Our behaviour is within our control; Fire Behaviour is not.
Fire Permits in accordance to bylaw and conditions imposed by Fire Guardians will again be allowed.
Fire Permits are Required
Regardless of the season, County residents are required to obtain a Fire Permit for open burning (not including burn barrels or cooking/warming campfires in approved pits) through a County-appointed Fire Guardian. Fire Guardians can be contacted via the County at 780.785.3411 or toll-free 1.866.880.5722, or via their direct phone numbers listed on CountyFire.ca.
All permit conditions must be followed. Burning without a permit or outside of allowed conditions may result in fines, firefighting expenses, or worse: lost property and endangered lives.
Fire Services Continues to Monitor 2 Fire Areas Under the State of Local Emergency
A reminder that May 4, 2023, Lac Ste. Anne County declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) for the wildfire in the area of Twp Rd 560. The SOLE was expanded on May 5 to include the area surrounding Lessard Lake due to the Lessard Lake Estates fire. Under the Alberta Emergency Management Act, a SOLE grants the municipality extraordinary powers for emergency response necessary to mitigate the hazard - these two Wildfires. As of May 25, both fires remain active and not extinguished, and the SOLE has been extended. The County will remain under this State of Local Emergency until these fires can safely be deemed non-emergent and safe for our residents, and as wildfires are dynamic in nature, we are not able to estimate a timeline for the conclusion of the SOLE and this emergency.