City fire ban lifted

(Crystal Schick/Times-Herald)

Moose Javians can get back to their barbecues and fire pits after weeks of the city being under a fire ban.

Than ban was lifted Wednesday morning after the community saw about two inches of rain over the previous week.

“The forecast is calling for cooler, more seasonal temperatures,” said Fire Chief Rod Montgomery. “And I think everyone can see the difference in the city; things have gone from brown to green all over.”

Citizens are now free to use their approved outdoor fire pits, briquette barbecues, fire pits and other devices once again. The use of fireworks remains prohibited without a permit and the Moose Jaw Fire Department advises people to use caution when getting rid of smoking material.

“It’s the embers that come from these things,” said Montgomery. “It’s any kind of unattended fire you need to watch out for and mitigate against.”

Montgomery said that he was satisfied with the level of adherence to the ban while it was in place, noting that the only people who violated it seem to have been unaware it had been imposed in the first place.