If you see suspicious smoke or flames in the Forest Protection Area, report it by calling 310-FIRE (3743).
From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of outdoor burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta with the exception of a campfire for cooking or warming.
To request your free fire permit, contact your local Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development office by calling 310-0000 or visiting https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/fire-permits.aspx.
Fire permits ensure safe burning practices and allow staff to know where burning is approved, ensuring firefighters and aircraft are free to fight wildfires.
If you have conducted any winter burning, take the time to revisit any extinguished sites and ensure your fires are out. If fires aren’t properly put out, they can spread and burn underground, under the snow and ice, all winter. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires.
When checking your winter burns, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. Use your bare hand to feel for heat over the ash piles. If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning. Douse any remaining hotspots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes.
Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.
Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
For more information please contact:
Provincial Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation