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Burning ban issued for entire Lethbridge County

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LETHBRIDGE COUNTY, AB – Ongoing warm, dry and windy conditions is forcing Lethbridge County to issue a complete fire ban.

That means all open fires are now off limits within County boundaries.

Under the Fire Ban, all active burning permits are cancelled, and no new permits will be issued until further notice.

County officials say burning of any kind is not permitted, including anything in a barrel like household garbage and yard debris.

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Fires that are contained in cooking or heating appliances fueled by fluids or gasses are exempt.

Lethbridge County Reeve Lorne Hickey says as we saw this past weekend, conditions are ripe for a major fire incident. “I want to stress the importance of citizens following the Fire Ban.  With this dry, windy weather, it doesn’t take much for a spark to evolve into a large fire that damages farmland and property.”

On Sunday, large grass fires, pushed by extreme wind gusts tore across parts of southern Alberta taking out thousands of hectares of land, burning down homes, resulting in a few injuries.

Just a reminder it’s fineable offence to ignite or allow a fire to burn under a Fire Ban. You can see all current fire bans, advisories, and restrictions 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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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