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Fire Bans and Advisories

May 3, 2016 - There is a fire safety advisory for Calgary in effect. This fire safety advisory is a reminder to be cautious when using outdoor open flames, including barbeques and backyard fire pits, and when disposing of smoking materials.

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

Fire safety advisory

 
A fire safety advisory is issued to inform citizens about conditions which present a moderate to high fire risk. An advisory is usually issued before conditions lead to a fire ban. You may see a fire safety advisory issued for short-term conditions such as during major wind events, unusually dry conditions or hot temperatures.
 
Even if weather conditions, such as hot, dry and windy weather, change to include rain or snow, a fire safety advisory may remain in place because there is still an increased fire risk. The Calgary Fire Department is continually monitoring weather forecasts and conditions to ensure Calgary is prepared for any changes to the fire risk and will update the status of a fire safety advisory or fire ban as needed.

Fire bans

A fire ban is issued to restrict or temporarily ban 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, such as use of fire pits, chimeneas, barbecues and other forms of open flame devices. The use of fireworks is not allowed at any time without a permit from the Calgary Fire Department, regardless of a fire ban.

Fines for violating a fire ban range from $500 to $5,000.

Fire bans outside of Calgary 

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. For information on fire bans in Alberta, please visit AlbertaFireBans.ca

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