The province is discouraging outdoor burning due to the growing risk of human-caused grass fires, but stopped short Friday of issuing an outright ban on outdoor fires.

“There is no indication at this time that a restricted fire zone is forthcoming in the Northwest Region,” an Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services (AFFES) spokesman said in an email.

The agency issued a special advisory Friday afternoon urging people to “burn safely, or ideally, not at all.”

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