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County of St. Paul implements fire ban amidst fire risk

In response to heightened fire risks, the County of St. Paul has announced a comprehensive Fire Ban effective Monday, April 22. The ban encompasses all areas within the county, excluding the Town of St. Paul, which retains autonomy over its restrictions. 


The Fire Ban, implemented by local authorities, imposes strict regulations to prevent open fires that could potentially escalate into unmanageable blazes. Key provisions of the ban include:  


Prohibition of Open Fires: No open fires, including campfires in campgrounds and random camping areas, are permitted within the County of St. Paul. This prohibition extends to charcoal briquettes, turkey fryers, and tiki torches.  


Suspension of Fire Permits: All permits are suspended or cancelled, and no new permits will be issued during the ban.  

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Ban on Fireworks and Similar Items: Fireworks, flying lanterns, and exploding targets are strictly prohibited under the Fire Ban.  


Despite the stringent restrictions, certain exceptions are allowed to ensure essential activities can proceed safely. Portable propane fire pits and gas propane stoves designed for cooking or heating purposes are permitted within the ban.  


While the ban is currently in effect throughout the County of St. Paul, the Town of St. Paul remains exempt. However, municipal authorities retain the prerogative to enforce their restrictions should circumstances warrant.  


Authorities urge residents and visitors to adhere strictly to the Fire Ban guidelines to mitigate the risk of wildfires, which could have devastating consequences for property and lives.  


For further information or inquiries regarding the Fire Ban, individuals are encouraged to contact the County of St. Paul at 780-645-3301 or St. Paul Fire Services at 780-645-4100.  


As the fire season progresses, vigilance and cooperation within the community are crucial to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents and visitors in the County of St. Paul.  

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