Fort McMurray Area Update

Christmas tree cutting permits available

Posted on Fri, Dec 07, 2018


Christmas trees

Heading out to find the perfect Christmas tree is a cherished tradition for many Alberta families. You can cut your own Christmas tree on provincial Crown land within Alberta's Green Area with a permit from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Click here for more information on how to obtain your permit.

Winter burning

Fire permits are not required for winter burning however, you are responsible for any fires you ignite and must ensure they are extinguished before the start of the 2019 wildfire season on March 1.

A fire left smouldering can continue to burn under the snow all winter long and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring.

Follow these after burning tips to prevent wildfires this spring.

  • Spread remaining material within the pile and soak with water as required.
  • Check the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile – it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the following weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

Safe burning practices are always in season.


If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE! 

For more information:
Inside the Urban Service Area: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - 780-792-5519

Outside the Urban Service Area: Agriculture and Forestry - 780-743-7125

Wildfire Information Officer - 780-743-7265

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