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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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All of southern Alberta under burning advisories with heat & dry conditions

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – In just a few days pretty much all of southern Alberta is now covered with some type of burning advisory.

Cardston County is the latest to issue an advisory as conditions remain ripe for a wildfire right now.

This region only recorded 17 mm of total rainfall during the entire month of June, coupled with these extremely hot conditions are certainly cause for concern.

The MD of Willow Creek has upgraded its fire advisory to a fire restriction now and Vulcan County is under a complete burning ban.

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All fire permits are cancelled in areas with advisories, restrictions, or bans in place.

Officials are warning you to take extreme caution around anything that could spark a fire in these conditions. There is a very good chance that if these conditions continue as forecast, more rural areas may upgrade their advisories or restrictions to all-out fire bans.

A full list of advisories and bans can be found on 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 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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