Fire & Safety

In response to recent precipitation in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has been revoked and a fire advisory has been put on in its place. A fire advisory means Albertans in the Forest Protection Area can safely enjoy the use of a fire pit in their backyard, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire.


  • safe wood campfires on public land, private land or in provincial campgrounds as long as they are inside an engineered campfire ring
  • backyard fire pits
  • charcoal briquette barbecues
  • use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
  • catalytic or infrared-style heaters
  • safe burning with a permit
  • recreational off-highway vehicle use

Not permissible:

  • burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
  • unattended or unsafe campfires
  • fireworks and exploding targets

Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area, allowing Albertans the freedom to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We will re-evaluate daily.

We expect this fire advisory to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.

Stay tuned to throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.


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.

Visit for information about current fire bans in the Province of Alberta or call Alberta’s Fire Ban Information Line 1-866-FYI-FIRE (394-3473).

To report a wildfire call toll free 310-FIRE (3473). Or check the Alberta Wildfire Status online.

Contact Bill Lesiuk, Big Lakes County Fire Services Fire Prevention Officer at 780-507-9848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


 FireSmart Your Property 

We still have a lot of snow out there, but if you need a home project while you're practicing social distancing now is the perfect time to be proactive and FireSmart your property.

Ask yourself…
• 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 plays an important role in determining the interface hazard.

Complete a home assessment for free at:

Big Lakes County Fire Department

  • Enilda Fire Hall

    Enilda Fire Hall

  • Faust Fire Hall

    Faust Fire Hall

  • Grouard Fire Hall

    Grouard Fire Hall

  • Joussard Fire Hall - Headquarters

    Joussard Fire Hall - Headquarters

  • Kinuso Fire Hall

    Kinuso Fire Hall

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