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Burning restrictions issued across southern Alberta as extreme heat ramps up

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Things are drying out very fast with this extreme heat and that’s once again quickly increasing the risk of wildfires.

There’s now a Fire Ban in Lethbridge County. All open fires within municipal boundaries are prohibited and all active fire permits are cancelled. Fireworks are also not permitted.

You can still use a gas or propane barbecue, stove or heater.

The County is one of several municipalities to impose a ban or restriction due to this extreme heat.

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Fire restrictions have been issued for the MD of Willow Creek, Vulcan County, and the County of Newell while fire advisories are in effect for the Calgary Forest Area which includes the Crowsnest Pass as well as the MD of Pincher Creek.

Fire officials say there’s a very high risk of fires spreading rapidly during windy conditions with plenty of dry, dead grass.

For more information you can visit the Alberta fire bans website.

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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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