April 17, 2013

Cranbrook, BC (April 17, 2013) – The return of the summer weather brings the risk of fires back into the minds of many people, including the staff of the Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services department. Open air burning requirements, campfires, burning yard waste and the potential threat of wildfires are important issues that Fire & Emergency Services are working to educate residents about.

“Burning of yard waste and other household materials anytime is not allowed under the City’s Fire Services Bylaw,” says Wayne Price, Director of Fire & Emergency Services. “Under the Bylaw, the only open air burning allowed is barbeques, small cooking or campfires using appropriate fire pits, chimneys or approved stoves or eliminating fire hazards and fire training by the department itself.”

Anyone having a campfire on their property must insure that it is at least 10 feet away from any combustible material and buildings.

Meantime, the open air burning of land clearing debris is allowed however can only be completed between November 1 and April 30 and requires a permit from the Director of Fire & Emergency Services. Also as the summer wears on, the wildfire risk in and around the City of Cranbrook is nearly certain to increase.

“It is crucial for property owners to take a serious look around for items: debris, yard waste and the like and remove them,” says Price. “Residents need to take responsibility for fire-proofing their properties, especially those around the perimeter of the City.   If you see smoke on your property, it can often be too late to take preventative measures to protect your property.”

On March 27, Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services responded to an out-of-control grass fire below the Gold Creek store in Area C. The fire was quickly controlled and resulted in minimal property loss.

Residents are encouraged to review the City of Cranbrook Fire Services Bylaw 3676, 2010.   Copies are also available at City Hall or the Fire Hall.

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