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Current Fire Ban, Restriction or Advisory

Fire Advisory - Effective October 15, 2020  No Fire

The fire restriction previously set on September 9, 2020 has been lifted, and a fire advisory is now in place. 

Fire permits are being issued for Class1 (10x10x5 and under) and Class 2 (10x10x5 and over) fires, but may be cancelled at any time with little to no notice. Although this is not a Fire Ban or Restriction, the County is asking citizens to use extra caution and be extra vigilant when burning while the Advisory is in effect. Soaking the area adjacent to the open fire pits with water is recommended. Citizens are also reminded that obtaining a fire permit is mandatory at all times. Permits can be applied for on the County website. If conditions change, the County may impose a Fire Ban or Restriction at any time. If a Fire Ban or Restriction is imposed, you must immediately and fully extinguish your fire, all existing permits will become void and no new permits will be issued.

Public Memo - PDF 

Rick Saulnier, Fire Chief
Foothills Fire Department


Fire Permits are mandatory in Foothills County

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