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At any time of year, Red Deer County Fire Services will issue a County-wide fire ban. Typically these bans prohibit open burning and camp fires while allowing the use of heating, cooking, or propane devices.In the past there has been some misconceptions regarding fire bans. Fire Services personnel do not issue fire bans just to affect campers or long weekend plans. ALL fire bans are issued as a matter of safety in order to protect life and property. While Fire Services understands the inconvenience or let down caused by fire bans, this must come secondary to protecting our county residents. It is not uncommon for controlled fires to become uncontrolled. In these cases there may be no ill intent, by people having camp fires or conducting open burning, but it can still result in the loss of buildings and property. Thus the need for fire bans.Prior to issuing a fire ban, County Fire Services will canvas all of the fire districts within our borders to find out what fire conditions are in every area. When conditions are likely to lend themselves to uncontrolled fires the decision is made at that point to issue the ban. Fire bans are always issued with the entire County’s best interest at heart. It is also important to note that the fire bans are County wide. This may lead to residents questioning why a ban is in effect while they are getting rain. Red Deer County is a sizable area, geographically, and while it is raining in one area, another area may still be completely dry.When fire bans are in effect, residents may find useful information at www.rdcounty.ca. Fire ban information can also be found at www.albertafirebans.ca