During wildfire season, fire permits are required in Big Lakes County for any burning, except campfires. Wildfire protection in Alberta is shared between Alberta Wildfire (inside the Forest Protection Area) and the municipalities outside the Forest Protection Area. To view Big Lakes County’s Permit Area, download the map.
If the location, you wish to burn falls within the County’s jurisdiction contact the County office at 780-523-5955. If the burn location falls outside the County’s area of responsibility (the Forest Protection Area) contact Alberta Wildfire at 780-523-6619.
Fire Permits ensure safe burning practices and allow staff to know where burning is approved so firefighters and aircraft are free to fight wildfires.
To report a wildfire call toll free 310-FIRE (3473).
Alberta Wildfire Status: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/default.aspx
Or download the app: AB Wildfire Status
Alberta Fire Bans – https://www.albertafirebans.ca/
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- Where are your woodpiles or other combustible materials stored?
- Is the area within 10 meters of buildings free of flammable trees, other vegetation and combustible materials?
- Are there low tree branches within 2 meters of the ground?
- Is the underside of your balcony, deck, porch or open foundation completely sheathed in or open and free of combustible materials?
The type and amount of vegetation surrounding a structure play an important role in determining the interface hazard. Complete a home assessment for free.
Our Big Lakes County volunteer firefighters can place flashing green lights in their vehicles when they respond to an emergency call. The lights are meant to signal to other motorists that they are travelling to an emergency. The law in Alberta does not require motorists to pull over for flashing green lights; it is voluntary. While only firefighters can use flashing green lights, they do not have any additional privileges under the Highway Safety Act.
However, the courtesy of pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green lights can significantly impact emergency services response time in the community.