Controlled Burn Procedure
The Special Areas Board does not currently issue burn permits; however, ratepayers are required to complete the online controlled burn notification form and contact immediate neighbors when they plan to do a controlled burn.
In October, 2015 the Board launched a new online system which lets ratepayers complete a notification form AHEAD of their controlled burn. This form automatically informs the local fire department and 911 Call Centers, helping ensure they are aware of the upcoming controlled burn and reducing the number of false alarms our local fire departments are responding to.
This form is available 24/7, is accessible whenever there is no current fire restriction or ban in place restricting controlled burns. If conditions change, and a fire restriction or ban is put into place before a controlled burn, the ratepayer would be contacted to either cancel or modify the planned burn.
Owners are responsible for controlled burns and are required to ensure the burn is properly monitored while burning and fully extinguished prior to leaving. Means of extinguishment must be in place prior to any burn.
The Special Areas Board would like to remind all residents to observe the following protocol when doing controlled burns:
- Check if there are any fire restrictions in effect the day of the burn by contacting your local Special Areas District Office or by consulting www.albertafirebans.ca.
- Check daily weather conditions (especially wind and temperatures) to make sure the burn will be safe to perform.
- Complete the controlled burn notification form.
- Contact area neighbors to inform them of your burn.
If you encounter a fire, always call the fire department (Dial 911) even if you think it is extinguished. Please state the location of the fire using Township/Range or other major roadways or landmarks when calling.
If a controlled burn takes place in contravention of a fire advisory or ban, without a notification form being completed ahead of the burn, or if the local fire department is not notified, the local fire department may be dispatched and the ratepayer invoiced the cost of the fire response call.