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Fire ban in Calgary lifted, CFD still urges caution

Last Updated Jul 22, 2021 at 7:07 am MDT

CALGARY – The Calgary Fire Department has lifted a fire ban put in place last week.

The ban has been lifted now that air quality in Calgary has improved and that Environment Canada removed a special air quality statement in the city.

The CFD, however, is urging people to still be cautious if they should have a fire.

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“Despite this ban related to air quality being lifted, everyone should continue to be extra cautious with outdoor flames – especially the disposal of smoking materials,” said Public Information Officer Carol Henke in a release.

“Calgary has seen higher than normal temperatures this summer leading to drier conditions and fire crews continue to respond to outdoor fires created by the improper disposal of smoking materials in planter pots and flower beds.”

She adds that fire can smoulder for hours and could turn into devastating blazes to it’s imperative all fires are completely doused and snuffed out.