Weather conditions a fire concern in Wetaskiwin County

County of Wetaskiwin was unsure during council meeting of declaring fire ban

Under the direction of Mike Zajac, director of emergency services for the County of Wetaskiwin, the municipality is moving ahead with no fire ban or restrictions earlier this month.

Zajac says he feels it is best to play it by ear depending on what the weather does but could see the county going toward a fire restriction if necessary if the land-drying winds persist.

“Last year was very dry. This year it’s shaping up pretty much the same,” said Zajac.

“There are a lot of municipalities that have put on fire advisories fire restrictions total fire bans,” he added.

“I like the fire restrictions,” said Reeve Kathy Rooyakkers. “I don’t think it’s responsible to give out fire permits right now.”

Coun. Lyle Seely says he is concerned when such actions are implemented they blanket the entire county, even if not all areas of the county need it.

Zajac says partial restriction have been used in the past but feels they are not always the most effective, as weather and land conditions can change quickly.

Coun. Larry McKeever voiced his support of Seely’s idea but says the county should still make sure to err on the side of caution.

Zone 2 Fire Society tanker

Wetaskiwin County’s Zone 2 Fire Society’s 2001 tanker is being kept on as part of the fleet and council has agreed to discuss increasing the capital equipment grant allocation for the 2017 budget, which could lead to eventually purchasing an additional tanker rather than replacing the older one.

Councillors were assured by Zajac that there was enough space to keep the tanker and enough staff to man it.

 

Just Posted

City of Wetaskiwin saves nearly $1M, restructures staff

‘Streamlining’ results in 10 positions eliminated at City of Wetaskiwin

Maskwacis RCMP seek three in home invasion case

Maskwacis RCMP investigate home invasion

Rezoning for farmyard defeated by county Dec. 6

County of Wetaskiwin council votes 3-4 against rezoning

Alberta – An energy province

Prosperity of oil and gas industry needs to be assured

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dies at 77

Tork, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith formed the made-for-television rock band

Lacombe welcomes ‘Napalm Girl’ to discuss journey from hatred to forgiveness

Latest Herr Lecture to feature Kim Phuc Phan Thi at LMC

Millennial men least likely to have a family doctor: Statistics Canada

Report found more women have primary care physicians, compared with men

Alberta to play for gold in wheelchair basketball

Action-packed first week of Canada Winter Games nearly a wrap

Most Read