Wildfire season is March 1 to October 31
Fire permits are issued by County Fire Guardians. Request for Fire Permits can be made with your area fire guardian or by contacting the County Office. Look for an information flyer in the mail containing a map of the County’s area of responsibility for issuing fire permits. Residents in areas of the White Zone and Green Zone outside of the former no-permit zone will continue to get fire permits from the Alberta Forestry Service.
To obtain a fire permit within the Fire Protection Area contact your local Alberta Forestry office by calling 310-0000.
Remember the lighting of most fires in the County without a fire permit is against Provincial law. According to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act, those who start fires without a permit or negligently with a permit may be subject to paying the costs of fire suppression and fines.
FireSmart Your Property
Ask yourself the following:
- 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.
Flashing Green Lights
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.