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Extremely dry start to 2021 across southern Alberta; more fire bans now in effect

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. – That rain we had Sunday night was a welcomed sight after what’s been weeks and weeks of dry weather.

Unfortunately, we’re going to need a long stretch of precipitation to make a big difference. To put things into perspective, during the entire month of March, Lethbridge recorded just 4.8 mm of precipitation.

For the first three months of 2021, this region had just 12.1 mm of snow and/or rainfall. That’s substantially below normal.

There’s a chance we could see a shower or two later this week, but after Thursday it looks like things will stay fairly dry across much of southern Alberta for the most part for a while.

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Meanwhile, this ongoing lack of precipitation is cause for concern, especially following a number of wind-whipped grass fires over the past two weeks.

Lethbridge County issued a complete burning ban late last week and a few other rural areas have since followed suit. Fire bans are now in effect in the MD of Willow Creek and Vulcan County as well as Wheatland County and Rocky View County in the Calgary area.

The only two regions in southern Alberta not currently under any open burning restrictions are Cardston County and County of Warner.

The potential for wildfires is extreme. Within all areas under fire bans, all fire permits are cancelled and no new ones will be issued until further notice.

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You’re asked to be extra careful in these conditions, especially when it comes to discarding cigarettes and other smoking materials.

For a full list on fire bans, advisories, and restrictions click this link: 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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