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RMWB reminds residents to exercise safety when using approved backyard firepits


While the Government of Alberta has implemented a Provincial Fire Ban in the Forest Protection Area, Provincial Parks and Protected Areas that will come into effect on April 15, 2020, a fire ban is not in place for the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray.

The ban issued by the Government of Alberta, which covers the Municipality excluding  the Urban Service Area (Fort McMurray), reflects early preparedness measures to ensure the province can effectively focus resources where they are needed most in the event of multiple emergencies happening at the same time.

The RMWB is the authority for open air burning in the Urban Service Area. All previously issued open air burning fire permits remain active as approved and new open air burning permits will be evaluated based on the fire hazard, community health risks, and available service levels.

The RMWB has not issued a fire ban for the Urban Service Area at this time and the following remains permitted within the Urban Service Area:

  • Burning in approved residential backyard fire pits
  • Portable fire pits used only as indicated by the manufacturer

OHV use is never permitted in the Urban Service Area outside of designated staging areas that lead to the Forest Protection Area. The Government of Alberta's OHV ban is for Crown land in the Forest Protection Area. Alberta’s Forest Protection Area covers almost 60 per cent of Alberta, most of the northern half of the province and the western border, excluding federal parks.

There are three levels of fire notifications: Fire Advisories, Fire Restrictions and Fire Bans. A Fire Ban is the highest level of notification, with the most restrictions.

Up-to-date information on Fire Advisories, Restrictions and Bans is available by calling 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473) or by visiting albertafirebans.ca.

To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (310-3473).


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