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Saturday, July 31, 2021
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Complete fire ban issued in Lethbridge County

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Lethbridge County, AB – Burning is off-limits in Lethbridge County for the foreseeable future.

On Monday afternoon, the County issued a complete fire ban with extreme hot and dry weather forecast to continue for an extended period of time.

All active fire permits within Lethbridge County have now been cancelled. The County stresses that burning of any kind is prohibited including burning in a barrel, recreational fire pits, household garbage, and yard debris. Fireworks are also banned.

Fires though, used for cooking like gas or propane barbecues are still OK.

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Extreme conditions have elevated the wildfire risk very quickly as things have dried out fast. Earlier in the day on Monday fire restrictions were issued in the MD of Willow Creek, Vulcan County and County of Newell.

Fire advisories were issued as well for the MD of Pincher Creek and Calgary Forest Area which includes the Crowsnest Pass.

Additional fire bans may be issued in the coming days as conditions get hotter and hotter.

 

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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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