Fire Permit Season Begins March 1
HAVE YOU GOT YOURS?
Burning without a fire permit can result in a hefty fine.
Under Lacombe County`s Fire Protection Policy, anyone found burning without a permit will be required to pay for the fire department response fees.
See the document below for information on what materials are permissible for burning.
When do you require a fire permit? Beginning March 1st, Fire permits are required for all outdoor fires, excluding fires used for cooking or warming purposes and burning barrels. While the use of burning barrels does not require a fire permit, barrels must be covered with a metal mesh screen and the mesh holes must be no larger than half an inch in size. Depending on conditions, restrictions can also be imposed on the size of fire pits used for cooking.
How can you obtain a permit?
Online fire permitting will be available beginning March 1st on our website, accessible from our main page.
A flat rate of $300 will be charged for responses to a fire when a person is in contravention of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act for failure to have a fire permit or any other provision of the Act and fire suppression is not required.
NOTICE - FIRE PERMITS
The Forest and Prairie Protection Act prohibits the lighting of an outdoor fire, excluding an attended outdoor camp fire which has been set for cooking or warming purposes, during the period from the 1st day of March to the 31st day of October in each year, on land in a permit area, unless the person is a holder of a subsisting fire permit.
Pursuant to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act, no person shall:
(a) light an outdoor fire without first taking sufficient precautions to ensure that the fire can be kept under control at all times, or
(b) light an outdoor fire when weather conditions are conducive to a fire readily escaping out of control, or
(c) fail to take reasonable steps to control a fire for the purpose of preventing it from spreading unto land other than his own, or
(d) deposit, discard or leave any burning matter or substance in a place where it might ignite other matter and result in a fire.
Lacombe County is responsible for the administration of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act within the County. Any person who contravenes this Act or who refuses or neglects to comply with any condition in a permit or with any order or request directed to him pursuant to this Act is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction.
Should a Fire Department respond to a fire for which a permit has not been issued, the property owner will be assessed costs at the following rates:
(a) fire truck - $500 per hour
(b) water truck - $300 per hour
(c) rapid response unit/mini pumper - $300 per hour
(d) equipment van - $300 per hour
(e) equipment other than fire apparatus – Lacombe County cost
(f) personnel other than fire department members - Lacombe County cost
A flat rate of $300 will be charged for responses to a fire when a person is in contravention of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act for failure to have a fire permit or violation of any other provision of the Act and fire suppression is not required.
SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR STUBBLE BURNING
A Stubble Burning Permit is required throughout the year prior to burning the stubble or swath of any crop. A field inspection will be required prior to the issuance of a permit. Phone the Agricultural Fieldman at 782-6601 a few days in advance for inspection arrangements. Stubble Burning Permits may only be obtained at the County office from the Manager of Environmental and Protective Services or the Agricultural Fieldman.