Fire Ban and Advisory

Current status:

A temporary suspension of fire permits and fireworks permits may be in effect.

Call the Burning Status Line at 780-464-8464, or text BURN to 587-340-3696 immediately prior to burning to make sure it is allowed as conditions may change throughout the day.

Fire officials continuously review the current and forecasted data including humidity, temperature, precipitation and risk of a fires getting out of control within the County.

Open fires and fireworks require permits.

Visit Alberta Parks for information on Provincial fire advisories/bans for areas under the Province’s jurisdiction. Provincial parks in Strathcona County that fall under this jurisdiction include:

  • Cooking Lake Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area
  • North Bruderheim Provincial Recreation Area
  • Strathcona Science Provincial Park

For more information on current fire advisory/ban status in other municipalities in Alberta, visit Alberta Fire Ban Sign up for SC Alerts to get Strathcona County fire advisory and ban notifications.

Last Modified: July 15, 2021, 9:58 a.m.

What is a fire ban?

A fire ban is when no outdoor fires are allowed.

What is NOT allowed:

  • open fires (brush, bonfires etc.)
  • burn barrels or incinerators
  • fireworks 
  • fire pits or chimineas  
  • 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, chimineas
  • propane or natural gas tables, bowls and appliances
  • all barbecues 

Issuing a fire advisory or ban

Emergency Services compiles and reviews current and forecasted data such as humidity, 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 Alberta Fire Bans to get information on current fire bans, advisories and restrictions throughout the province. 

Frequently asked questions

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

Fire prevention and investigation
Phone: 780-449-9651

Last updated: Thursday, July 15, 2021
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