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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 in effect

Updated August 31, 2015

To minimize the amount of smoke adding to the forcasted poor air quality, the Calgary Fire Department has issued a fire ban prohibiting the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, barbecues using briquettes, chimeneas and wood-burning, or solid-fuel-burning devices.

Due to forest fires in neighbouring provinces and states, Environment Canada is forecasting poor air quality may continue over Calgary for the next few days. The fire ban will be in effect until further notice, when Calgary’s air quality improves and the forecast for poor air quality is no longer deemed a risk to health and safety. Liquid fuel barbecues and stoves, including those using propane or natural gas, are permitted and not included in this fire ban.

 
To learn more about Calgary’s air quality, visit weather.gc.ca/warnings, to learn about the Air Quality Health Index visit esrd.alberta.ca/air and for more information on how to reduce your exposure to poor air quality conditions visit albertahealthservices.ca.

Fire ban

A fire ban is issued to restrict or prohibit types of fire use within the city because of a high fire danger. 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.

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

Fire ban fines

Fines can range up to $10,000 for violating any burning restrictions imposed during a fire ban. Please see the Fire Pits 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.