Fire Ban System


Agriculture and Forestry  has a tiered fire ban system restricting activities that have the potential to cause wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, we follow these guidelines for more information click here for 2021 Fire Ban approved activities list.  

Fire bans, fire restrictions, OHV restrictions and fire advisories have proven to be effective prevention tools in reducing the number of human-caused wildfires. These are temporary measures brought in according to conditions. As fire danger levels rise or fall, these restrictions are adjusted to reduce the likelihood of preventable wildfires.  

Visit albertafirebans.ca for updates on bans throughout Alberta. 

  
Fire permits are required during fire season for any type of burning in the FPA, except campfires. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas.
  
The fire hazard rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds and backcountry or random camping areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve.
Generally, this level is meant to inform that there is a high fire danger and that there may be certain types of restrictions on burning. It may be used as a "warning” that a more restrictive fire ban may be coming if the situation does not improve. You may also see a fire advisory for short-term concerns like major wind events.
  
Safe campfires are allowed in fire rings in campgrounds only. No campfires (or other open fires) or charcoal briquettes are allowed in backcountry or random camping areas. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. Fire permits may be suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued. If the situation continues to worsen, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will put on a fire ban.
This level acts as a higher level or warning before a fire ban. Certain types of burning will be restricted, while certain types will be allowed. It is important to read the details of the fire restriction as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation.
  
No campfires (or other open fires) are allowed in campgrounds or backcountry and random camping areas. This includes charcoal briquettes. Gas or propane stoves/barbeques and portable propane fire pits are allowed. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
This level is usually put in place when a municipality has taken steps to restrict or prohibit certain types of fire use within that area. It is important to read the details of the fire ban as they can vary from municipality to municipality depending on the situation. 
  
The fire danger has reached such extreme levels that portions of the forest are closed and no access is permitted for public safety concerns.
* Every municipality in Alberta may have slightly different legislation or bylaws for fire bans. It is important to read the details of each posting carefully and to contact your local municipality if you have any questions or concerns.