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Fire Permits

The County of Forty Mile No. 8 wishes to remind all County residents that Fire Permits are required for ALL outdoor fires from April 1 – October 31. Documents must be signed by the person requesting the permit and kept at the site of the fire for any type of outdoor fire or the use of fireworks.  All permits are FREE.  Permits are valid for up to 3 days.  Fire permits allow burning of strictly BURNABLE DEBRIS.  Permits are available at the County of Forty Mile office, via telephone, or from a District Fire Guardian.

A Fire permit is not required for an incinerator or barbeque or fire pit providing that it meets the requirements stated below.

Failure to obtain a fire permit and adhere to the conditions stated on the fire permit may result in fines of up to $1000 and all cost associated with extinguishing the fire.

All fire ban information will be listed at www.albertafirebans.ca

Burning in Rural Areas

Outside of Restricted Burn Areas, the County of Forty Mile No. 8 allows the use of burning barrels/incinerators and barbeque/fire pits, but only for the disposal of BURNABLE DEBRIS, as defined by the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the County of Forty Mile No. 8 Bylaw No. 9/2015.  Properly prepared burn barrels/incinerators and barbeque/fire pits that are a minimum of four meters clearance from buildings, property lines and combustible materials and with a spark arrestor mesh screen no larger than 0.7 centimeters (0.25 inch) do not require a fire permit. Fires must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult until the fire has been extinguished.  Only wood, charcoal briquettes, propane and natural gas fuels are to be used.  The flame height must not exceed 90 centimeters above the burning barrel/incinerator and barbeque/fire pit.

The County of Forty Mile No. 8. does not allow the burning of household garbage, which contains PROHIBITED DEBRIS, as defined by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

“Burnable Debris” means all combustible waste other than prohibited debris and includes but is not limited to:

  1. straw and stubble
  2. grass and weeds
  3. leaves and tree prunings
  4. brush, fallen trees and solid waste from tree harvesting
  5. wooden materials, which do not contain wood preservatives, from the construction or demolition of buildings
  6. used power, telegraph and telephone poles that do not contain wood preservatives
  7. solid waste from post and pole operations that does not contain wood preservatives

“Prohibited Debris” means any combustible waste that, when burned, may result in the release of the atmosphere of dense smoke, offensive odours, or toxic substances and includes but is not limited to:

  1. animal manure
  2. pathological waste
  3. non-wooden material
  4. waste material from building or construction sites, excluding wooden materials that do not contain wood preservatives
  5. rubber or plastic, or anything containing or coated with rubber or plastic or similar substances, except rubber or plastic attached to shredded scrap steel
  6. combustible material in automobile bodies
  7. tires
  8. used oil
  9. wood or wood products containing substances for the purpose of preserving wood

Complaints regarding offensive odours from the burning of prohibited debris should be directed to ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT POLLUTION CONTROL, 1-800-222-6514

For more information contact County of Forty Mile Emergency Services 403-867-3530