Because of dry conditions, the Rural Municipality of Alonsa is reinstating its burn ban, effective immediately.

Outdoor fires involving the burning of grass, crop residue, bushes, bush piles, old derelict buildings, and burning barrels are not permitted.

Bonfires in backyards or commercial campsites are permitted as long as they’re in enclosed fire pits covered with a fire mesh and attended at all times. Those having a fire must have a source of water or fire extinguisher close by.

The ban will be in effect until conditions improve.

The RM also declared an agricultural state of disaster last week because of the conditions.