Current Fire Ban, Restriction or Advisory
Fire Restriction - Effective August 24, 2022
Foothills County will be moving to a Fire Restriction until further notice.
We will continue to monitor weather conditions and fire risk throughout the County, and may update the status as needed. All fires that require a permit (Class1 and Class2) are not being issued during a Restriction. The Restriction includes Fireworks, Torches or Lanterns with open flame. Although this is not a Fire Ban, the County is still asking citizens to use extra caution and be extra vigilant when burning while the Restriction is in effect. Soaking the area adjacent to the fire pits, barrels with water is recommended. If conditions continue to change, the County may at anytime impose a Fire Ban or reduce to an Advisory at any time. If a Fire Ban is imposed, you must immediately and fully extinguish your fire.
This Restriction applies to:
- Fires that require a permit, Class1 and Class2. (Class1 is for small burns, less than 10 x 10 X 5, Class2 is for large burns, any area that is 10’ X 10’ X 5’ or larger).
- Fireworks, Firecrackers and exploding targets
- Torches or Lanterns with open flame
This Restriction does not apply to:
- Safe residential fire pits and safe campfires in campgrounds (Non-combustible unit 36 inches in diameter or less).
- Gas or propane stoves / barbecues when used in accordance to manufacturer’s specifications
- Charcoal briquette and solid fuel barbecues when used to manufacturer’s specifications
- Chiminea’s (with screen covers that are located on non-combustible surfaces)
- Internal household fire places
- Wood pellet smokers
- Incinerators (for farm and acreage use), Burning barrels (steel drum no larger than 45gallons, with screen covers that are located on a non-combustible surface)
The Fire Restriction will be in place until further notice.
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.
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!
The burning of prohibited debris is against the law. Prohibited debris includes but is not limited to this list:
- Household Garbage
- Paint and paint cans
- Used motor oil
- 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.