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Fire Bans and Advisories

Watch this page for the most up-to-date fire ban information for Calgary. We will post fire bans and fire advisories here when they are in effect.

Fire ban lifted

Updated Sept. 2, 2015

A fire ban was in place in Calgary from Aug. 25 – Sept. 2, 2015 due to poor  air quality as a result of smoke from forest fires in neighbouring states and provinces.  With improved air quality Calgarians can again burn wood and solid fuels in permitted fire pits as well as recreational campfires, barbecues, fire places and chimeneas. There is no fire ban for Calgary at this time. 

Fire ban

A fire ban is issued to restrict or prohibit types of fire use within the city because of a high fire danger and poor air quality. Each fire ban will include a list of prohibited fire uses, which could include but not be limited to, fire pits, chimeneas, barbecues and other forms of open flame devices. All Fireworks are prohibited at all times without a valid permit from the Calgary Fire Department.

For information on fire bans in Alberta, please visit

Fire ban fines

Fines can range up to $10,000 for violating any burning restrictions imposed during a fire ban. Please see the Community Standards Bylaw for details.

Fire safety Advisory

A fire advisory is issued to inform citizens about conditions which present a moderate to high fire risk. They are usually issued before conditions lead to Fire Ban due to a high fire danger. A fire advisory is a warning and not a restrictive fire ban. You may see a fire advisory issued for short-term conditions such as during major wind events.

NOTE: Every town, city, as well as forest areas in Alberta may have different legislation or bylaws for fire bans. It is important to read the details of a fire ban carefully and contact the city, town or Fire Department that issued the fire ban if you have any questions or concerns.

Call 311 for more information on fire bans, advisories and permits.