Fire Ban System

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is introducing a new system for fire bans.

What is happening and why?

  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is moving to a five level colour-coded system for putting on fire bans in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta.
  • The system will increase efficiency in applying fire use restrictions during increasing fire hazard. It will also provide more advanced warning about possible impacts on burning and campfires.
  • The intent is to improve the overall system and be more consistent.

Jurisdiction

  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is the wildfire authority (under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act) in the FPA of Alberta. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry manages and responds to all wildfires in this area and is responsible for issuing permits and putting on fire bans.
  • Even if they are in the FPA, any city, town, village or summer village has their own authority to put on fire bans as they are outside Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s jurisdiction.

The New System

Alberta fire bans, green level 1, no restriction

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.

Alberta fire bans; yellow  level 2, fire advisory

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.

Alberta fire bans; orange  level 3, fire restriction

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.

Alberta fire bans; red  level 4, fire ban

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.

Alberta fire bans; black  level 5, forest area closure

The fire hazard has reached such extreme levels that portions of the forest are closed and no access is permitted for public safety concerns.

Where will this information be posted?

Please check the Alberta Fire Bans for postings from across the province. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will always post any fire advisories, fire restrictions, fire bans and forest area closures on this site.

 

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Updated: May 16, 2016