Strathcona County moves to fire restriction

May 31, 2023

Strathcona County moves to fire restriction

Strathcona County has lifted its fire ban and has issued a fire restriction effective May 31 at 12 Noon. The fire ban was lifted because conditions have improved, however a restriction is still needed due to continued dry conditions and warm temperatures.  

Under the fire restriction fires that require a permit are still not allowed as they still pose a greater risk for wildfire spread. This includes:  

  • open fires (brush, bonfire) 

  • burn barrels 

  • fireworks 

Outdoor recreational fire pits and all barbecues are now permitted. Recreational fire pits must be in a contained non-combustible structure and have a screen. Fire pits must be at least three metres from structures, fences, decks or trees. Residents are advised to use caution and monitor fires at all times. 

“We extend our thanks to the community for abiding by the fire ban over the past several weeks,” says Fire Chief Martin Paulson. “While we have lessened the restrictions, it remains imperative that permissible fires are watched closely and never left unattended.” 

Strathcona County Emergency Services continues to monitor the conditions closely. 

Any changes in the situation will be announced on the County’s website social media accounts and on the Burning Status Line at 780-464-8464 or text “BURN” to 587-340-3696. Residents are invited to sign up for SC Alerts to receive updates on fire restrictions and bans at 


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A Fire Advisory indicates the fire danger rating has increased and there may be certain restrictions on burning. This level is a warning that a fire restriction or ban may be implemented if the situation doesn’t improve. 

A Fire Restriction results in the suspension of open burning privileges for fires that require permits and fireworks. This does not apply to outdoor recreational fire pits, charcoal briquettes, burn barrels. 

A Fire Ban means no outdoor fires are permitted. This includes using charcoal briquettes, burn barrels, private fireworks displays and outdoor recreational fire pits. The use of cooking and recreational appliances that can be turned on or off using a switch or valve (fire table, electric smoker, pellet, propane or natural gas barbecues), is permitted.