FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
A Fire Advisory is now in effect for Camrose County. Due to the extreme dry weather conditions, it is essential to use caution with any open burning within Camrose County.
At this time, Fire Permits are not required to conduct open burns. However, to ensure everyone’s safety, all fires must always be supervised and completely extinguished when finished. Also, prior to commencing a burn, please notify your respective Fire Department in advance of the burn as a precautionary measure. Who is my Fire District Contact?
What is allowed:
- Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
- Charcoal briquettes
- Portable propane fire pits
- Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
- Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Off-Highway Vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
From April 1 to October 31, you require a permit to conduct open burns, and please let your Fire Department know you will be burning. Who is my Fire District Contact? Low hazard fireworks require permits at all times.
Camrose County is in a permit area as required by the Forest and Prairie Protection Act. Fire Permit Season is in effect from April 1 to October 31 every year. Low Hazard Fireworks require permits at all times.
No person shall light an outdoor fire during the season on land in a permit area unless that person is the holder of a fire permit. This does not apply to an attended outdoor camp fire which has been lit for cooking or warming purposes, or household garbage burning under control criteria.
Uncontrolled household garbage burning is a concern because many residents are not taking sufficient precautions to ensure that the fire can be kept contained at all times. Each year firefighters must be called out to extinguish fires which have spread from a household garbage burning barrel. These fire calls and associated costs can easily be avoided if precautions are taken. Fires should not be started when weather conditions are conducive to a fire getting out of control.
Household garbage burning meeting the three control criteria as outlined below will not require a burning permit:
- Household garbage burning sites should be located a safe distance (100 ft.) away from all buildings, machinery, equipment
- Household garbage burning containers should be covered with a metal screen to prevent sparks from causing fires
- Household garbage burning sites should cover an area of at least 50 square feet and this area preferably should be covered with gravel or concrete, and there shall be no combustibles within that 50 square foot area.
From November 1 to March 31, you do not require a permit to conduct open burns, but please let your Fire Department know you will be burning. Who is my Fire District Contact? Low hazard fireworks require a permit at all times.