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Fire ban lifted in Lethbridge County, fire advisory now in place

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LETHBRIDGE COUNTY, AB – Some much-needed damper weather is good news across the region.

Lethbridge County has decided to lift its fire ban and replace it with a fire advisory instead.

That means burning is allowed once again within the county, however extreme caution is being urged given the fact it has been very dry for months and there is still a high risk of spread should a fire start.

Lethbridge County Reeve Lorne Hickey says residents should be vigilant and ensure you are burning responsibly. “Get a fire permit, ensure you have enough water on hand to extinguish your fire, and do not burn when the wind is blowing.”

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Burning permits are again being issued on the County’s website.

Warmer and drier weather is expected again by early next week. If conditions significantly change again and further increase the risk of fire spread, the County may impose a fire ban at any time.

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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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