A Fire Advisory has been put into place for Special Areas 2, 3 and 4.

With the snow being on the ground, a fire advisory may seem out of place, but it is crucial for much of the area.

"With our area being so vast. It fluctuates between all special areas 2,3, 4. In some conditions we have lots of snow cover, in other places we have zero snow cover," explained Regional Fire Chief for the Special Areas, Glenn Durand.

Special Areas 2,3 and 4 stretches over 5 million acres of land when combined. The vast amount of land provides a challenge to local fire chiefs when deciding on a ban.

"Hanna and Youngstown, we have snow here. Right down to the south of the (Highway) 570 it is not that bad. But once you get up to river and south, there hasn't been snow cover there for over a week at least. There isn't even water from where the snow melted. It isn't even muddy its dry and that's how dry it is. That is what initiated putting a fire advisory on," continued Durand.

The Special Areas Board advises extreme caution and that only necessary burning should take place. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and random camping areas.

"Burning is still permitted, but we have to approve the burning prior to allowing approval for it. What we based it on is, Jenner, and just south of Red Deer River it was above zero for three or four days in the evenings. A daytime high of 8, extreme wind, no snow cover at all, and the snow is dead, so there is no moisture to it. So, it is very conducive to fire propagation," concluded Durand.

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