While temperatures have increased in the Foothills, the number of responses for the Okotoks Fire Department has not.

This past week they responded to 17 calls and only one was a grass fire.

Ken Thevenot, Okotoks Fire Chief, says residents have been doing a great job at being compliant.

"Our citizens are doing a pretty good job, you can tell by our numbers that we haven't had a lot so far so this weekly report helps and having our communications team putting it on our website, with all that information we can just tweak a few people."

Thevenot says there's a few things residents can do that play a huge role in preventing fires.

"Keep the grass trimmed to a lower level, if you're walking by and discarding smoking material, it seems to be one of the major causes for us for grass fires, discard it in a proper manner, and if you see anyone around where a grass fire started report it to us or the RCMP and we can follow up with that."

He adds it's important dry wood is used with fire pits.

For further questions about fire pits, grass fires, and fire permits, contact the Okotoks Fire Department at (403) 938-4066


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