The aspiration of sitting around a blazing fire this upcoming long weekend has officially been snubbed out. A fire ban for the Town of Cochrane came into effect this afternoon (April 1), and Inspector Jeff Avery with Cochrane Fire Services says there was no choice. 

“We sure don’t like putting fire bans out on a long weekend, but this is a complete necessity. Protecting Cochrane and its residents will always be our number one priority.”

With windy, dry conditions and grass fires currently burning 15 kilometres west of town, Avery is asking all residents to be extra cautious and cognizant this holiday weekend. We are asking all town residents to be very mindful of the ban and obey it. If you do witness any fires, call 911 immediately.

Inspector Avery shares it is not uncommon to see grass fires or bans put in place this time of year. “It is always dry and windy around these parts in early spring.”

Below is a checklist of what you can and can not do during a fire ban.

Ultimately, the ban will remain in effect until the Fire Chief’s office deems conditions are safe.

For further information, contact the administrative office at 403-851-2540 or visit for restrictions outside of Cochrane.

courtesy of Cochrane Fire Dept.