07/01/2015 06:12 EDT | Updated 07/01/2016 05:59 EDT

West Vancouver Fire Department bans barbecues in parks

The fire rating in West Vancouver moved to extreme on Wednesday afternoon, prompting a ban on charcoal and propane barbecues at parks across the district.

"These very dry conditions mean our community is at risk, making it even more important for everyone to practice summer fire safety," said West Vancouver Fire & Rescue in a statement.

Fireworks and smoking are also banned due to the tinder dry conditions.