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May 1 2023

For Immediate Release

Date:               May 1, 2023 12:00 PM

Contact:         Scott Franchuk, County Fire Chief

Phone:            (780) 656-3730

Fax:                (780) 656-3768


FIRE BAN Smoky Lake County & Village of Vilna


Due to extreme fire hazard conditions the Smoky Lake County has upgraded the existing fire restriction to a fire ban effective 12:00 p.m. May 1, 2023. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.



The Fire Ban means there are ABSOLUTELY NO OUTDOOR FIRES PERMITTED including, but not limited to; open fires, camp fires, brush piles and burning barrels. The discharge of fireworks is also prohibited during this ban. No new fire permits will be issued during the period of the ban and all previously issued permits remain cancelled.


Gas fueled barbeques with lids and liquid fueled camping stoves and fire pits (Camp Fire in a Can) will be allowed.


A person who sets a fire during this ban may be prosecuted and will be responsible for the costs of extinguishing the fire pursuant to Smoky Lake County Fire Protection Service Bylaw 1285-15 or Village of Vilna Bylaw #414-00 For further information please contact the Smoky Lake County, (780) 656-3730.


This fire ban will stay in effect until fire hazard conditions improve significantly.

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