Fire Ban and Advisory

Current status:

No ban or advisory in effect

May 31, 2019
Part of the data we use to evaluate whether or not to declare a fire advisory or ban is a Fire Weather Index, using data specific to current and forecasted conditions in Strathcona County such as humidity, precipitation, ground moisture levels, temperature, etc. At present, the FWI is at a ‘High’ level. We monitor the conditions closely, and should the FWI risk level escalate into the ‘Very High’ or ‘Extreme’ level, we are prepared to take appropriate measures, such as fire advisories and/or firebans.

We always encourage our residents to follow safe burning practises. All residents with a fire permit must call the Burning Status line at 780-464-8464 or text the word “BURN” to 587-340-3696 before burning, to make sure burning is allowed.

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What is a fire ban?

A fire ban is when no outdoor fires are allowed.

What is NOT allowed:

  • burn barrels or incinerators
  • fireworks 
  • fire pits or chimeneas  
  • solid fuel barbecues (charcoal, pellets etc.)  

What is allowed:

  • cooking and recreational appliances that can be turned on or off using a switch or valve (fire table, electric smoker, propane or natural gas barbecues)

What is a fire advisory?

A fire advisory is when all fire and fireworks permits are suspended. 

What is NOT allowed:

  • open fires (brush, bonfires)
  • burn barrels or incinerators
  • fireworks    

What is allowed:

  • recreational fire pits with a screen, chimeneas
  • propane or natural gas tables, bowls and appliances
  • all barbecues 

Issuing a fire advisory or permit

Emergency Services compiles and reviews current and forecasted data such as humidity, wind speed, temperature and precipitation within Strathcona County.

Other factors reviewed include:

  • Risk of a fires getting out of control
  • Relation between temperature and humidity
  • Water restrictions or water bans

Fire bans are declared and lifted by the Fire Chief or designate.

Visit the FAQs for more information.

Visit Alberta Fire Bans to get information on current fire bans, advisories and restrictions throughout the province. 

William, a 9 year old Sherwood Park resident, explains what a fire ban is.

Fire prevention and investigation
Phone: 780-449-9651

Last updated: Friday, May 31, 2019
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