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Fire Bans and Advisories

Updated: June 13, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Fire ban in effect

Due to the on-going water main break, and to help prevent any unnecessary fires, we have implemented a city-wide fire ban, effective immediately.

The fire ban includes all City parks.

Under the fire ban, the following are prohibited:

  • Open fires
  • Fire pits
  • Gas or propane fire pits
  • Outdoor chimeneas
  • Recreational solid fuel barbecues and stoves (charcoal briquettes or wood)
  • Tiki torches
  • Patio heaters (propane, catalytic or infrared/radiant)
  • Ceremonial events with and without an approved CFD permit, with the exception of permits provided for ceremonial smudging which is approved to continue
  • Fireworks
  • Indoor open-air flame fires with an approved CFD permit
  • Hot works with an open flame torch (torch on roofing), or with bitumen/tar kettles on new construction, where fire separations and assemblies are not complete; and
  • All indoor hot works in new construction, where fire separations and assemblies are not complete; and
  • Hot works with an open flame torch (torch on roofing), or with bitumen/tar kettles on existing, occupied buildings.

The following are currently allowed:

  • Gas or propane stoves and barbeques that are CSA approved or ULC certified for cooking purposes.
  • Approved commercial solid fuel cooking appliances. (e.g. BBQ and Pizza establishments/vendors)

Update for the construction industry

A fire ban remains in effect for the City of Calgary. However, after consulting with the construction industry, we are working to accommodate specific lower-risk hot works activities (some restrictions on this work still apply).

Hot works (including, but not limited to, soldering, welding, brazing, grinding) continue to be permitted in existing, occupied buildings where work is already underway and in existing, occupied buildings where work is needed to maintain the safety of the building and/or the health and safety of residents. Work such as welding and metal cutting that takes place in fabrication shops is permitted.

As of June 12, 2024 the following are now permitted:

All roof work, including new construction, done with Hot Air Welding and Cold Process roofing is permitted provided the following is in place:

  • Fire watch in place for 60 minutes post-application, followed by an inspection of the area four (4) hours after completion of the work
  • Increased fire extinguisher presence at worksite

Hot work on new construction, where there are no combustible materials present (ie: structural steel welding), in the vicinity where the process is taking place.

The following hot works are still prohibited:

  • Hot works with an open flame torch (torch on roofing), or with bitumen/tar kettles on new construction, where fire separations and assemblies are not complete; and
  • All indoor hot works in new construction, where fire separations and assemblies are not complete; and
  • Hot works with an open flame torch (torch on roofing), or with bitumen/tar kettles on existing, occupied buildings.

To learn more contact FireLegal@calgary.ca.


The fire ban will be in effect until further notice. This is until the time water supply issues are no longer deemed a risk to health and safety.

What is a fire ban?

A fire ban is issued to restrict or temporarily ban types of fire use within the city. This is because of a high fire danger and poor air quality. Each fire ban will include a list of prohibited fire uses. These include use of fire pits, chimneys, barbecues and other forms of open flame devices.

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

Fireworks

The use of fireworks is not allowed at any time without a permit from the Calgary Fire Department, regardless of a fire ban. 

Please visit this page for more information on fireworks permits. 

Fire bans outside of Calgary

Every town, city and forested 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.

How is a fire safety advisory issued?

A fire safety advisory is issued to inform citizens of conditions that pose a moderate to high fire risk. It's usually issued before the conditions result in a fire ban. It may be issued for short-term conditions. These include major wind events, unusually dry conditions, or hot temperatures.

Even if weather conditions change, a fire safety advisory may remain in place. This is because there's still an increased fire danger. The Calgary Fire Department continuously monitors weather forecasts and conditions. This is to ensure Calgary is prepared for any change in fire risk. We'll update the status of a fire safety advisory or fire ban as needed.

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