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Fire ban issued for Crowsnest Pass; south portion of Calgary Forest Area

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As the heat and dry conditions continue, more and more fire bans are popping up around southern Alberta.

A complete burning ban is now in place covering the southern portion of the Calgary Forest Area. That includes all of the Crowsnest Pass as well.

All fire permits are now suspended or cancelled in those regions.

The ban means no open wood fires, no backyard fire pits, and no charcoal barbeques are allowed.

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A lack of rainfall over the past month, coupled with very hot and often breezy conditions have elevated the wildfire risk across most of southern Alberta to extreme levels.

A list of fire bans, restrictions, and advisories can be found here: Alberta Fire Bans

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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