Fire Bans

Current Fire Ban, Restriction or Advisory

Normal Burning Permit Conditions - Effective October 24, 2022

Due to the current conditions and upcoming weather forecast Foothills County will be downgrading the fire risk status from the current Fire Restriction to “Normal Burning Permit Conditions” and remove all restrictions. As a result, Burn Permits will once again be issued and If residents wish to apply for a Burn Permit, they can visit the County website.

Normal Burning Permit Conditions:

  • Fire must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult.
  • No burning is permitted when winds exceed 12 km/hr or are gusting.
  • Suitable fire extinguishing equipment to be located at site.
  • The 911 Dispatch Centre @ 1-888-808-3722 must be notified approximately one (1) hour prior to burn taking place.
  • No burning is permitted between the night hours of 10:00 pm and 7:00 am unless a special permit has been issued by Foothills County.
  • Only Class A combustibles are to be burned (clean wood/paper products).
  • An accurate description of the size and the type of combustibles must be given to the Foothills Fire Department when applying for a permit.
  • Any breach of the above conditions renders the permit null and void.

We will continue to monitor moisture levels and fire risk throughout the County and may update the status as needed. Fire permits will again be issued for Class 1 (10x10x5 and under) and Class 2 (10x10x5 and over) fires but may be cancelled at any time with little to no notice if the weather condition change. If conditions do change, the County may impose a Fire Ban, Restriction or Advisory at any time. If a Fire Ban, Restriction or an Advisory is imposed, residents will be asked to immediately and fully extinguish their fire and all existing permits will become void and no new permits will be issued. Residents will also be asked to visit the County website and or Alberta Fire Bans website for up-to-date fire status information.

Rick Saulnier, Fire Chief


If you have an emergency, call 911.

Open fires are allowed by obtaining a burning permit issued through the Online Burning Permit application.

Alberta Fire Bans

Fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area (excluding campfires).

You can get a fire permit by contacting the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development office in:

  • Calgary 403-297-8800
  • Blairmore 403-562-3210

For information on wildfire status: Alberta Wildfire Status

Fire Permits are mandatory in Foothills County!

Burning Permits & Regulations

The burning of prohibited debris is against the law. Prohibited debris includes but is not limited to this list:

  • Tires
  • Plastics
  • Household Garbage
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Used motor oil
  • Furniture
  • Treated Products

Please only burn clean burnable debris. Other material can be disposed of at the Foothills Landfill and regular tipping fees will apply for Foothills County residents.

Thank you,
Foothills Fire
T: 403-603-3571
F: 403-254-3145