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Volume 23, Number 20, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fire and ATV bans in region

Downtown Fort Saskatchewan will be for all intents and purposes closed to motor vehicles on Canada Day.

I know it's a month away, but this message just doesn't seem to be reaching enough people, so I'm going to try to get it out good and early.

I'm in the downtown for Canada Day. It happens I live there, so I don't need to think about where to park. But even I have to plan my movements that day, because for a large part of it I won't be driving anywhere.

Every year I watch motorists get caught on 99 Avenue because they didn't realize the parade was coming. These poor unfortunates find themselves trapped, unable to go forward or turn around because the parade has started. Some will temporarily abandon their vehicles and just walk to the parade.

The fun continues all day as many get caught again trying to park at the fireworks site. The fields next to the museum fill up fast and the lineup to get out is slow. Getting home can take longer than the show lasted.

It is possible to park downtown on Canada Day if you get here early enough and use the old Fort mall or a few side streets. But these spots are few and the demand is high. Most streets are unavailable because they are either on the parade route, or filled by the car show. The car show alone fills 100 Avenue, 102 Street and 103 Street.

Your best bet that day really is to walk, ride a bicycle or take the free transit service. Thanks to ME Global you can park at the Sportsplex, No Frills, the new park and ride at the Dow Centennial Centre or at the spray park and take one of the free buses running every 15 to 20 minutes all day from 9 a.m. until midnight. You will save yourself a lot of time and frustration.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Water rate change positive option

The most serious wildfires in a decade continue to be a menace near Bruderheim this week.

Firefighters from Strathcona and Lamont counties, the Town of Bruderheim and City of Fort Saskatchewan, along with helicopters are still fighting two fires that broke out Saturday, May 12, though both are considered under control as of Tuesday.

The first fire broke out north of Bruderheim Saturday just before noon. Though brought under control that afternoon, the fire in the sand hills north of Township Road 562 near Range Road 204 continues to cause concern. It flared up again Monday evening, threatening two rural homes.

Helicopters were brought in Tuesday morning to deal with hot spots that were flaring up the day before.

A second fire broke out in the Astotin Natural Area near Range Road 213 north of Township Road 562 just after noon Saturday.

More than 600 hectares have burned in that area, which had been stabilized by Tuesday afternoon. Crews continue to work to extinguish hot spots and flare ups.

No buildings had been lost due to the fires as of Tuesday, though three farms were evacuated voluntarily. Residents of two of those homes are expected to return to them Tuesday evening.

Fire bans, advisories or restrictions have been issued for the counties of Strathcona, Lamont and Sturgeon and the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

A brush fire broke out in Turner Park in Fort Saskatchewan’s river valley Monday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018