As of September 3 2019, Red Deer County Fire Services will no longer be issuing burn permits in any areas of the County that are zoned commercial or industrial. This is due to a large number of complaints from thick smoke, noxious odors, and potentially hazardous materials when burning occurs in commercial and industrial parks.
Red Deer County Fire Services has experienced an increase in the burning of waste materials in these areas, which can lead to complaints from neighbours, false 911 calls, and smoke migrating into urban areas. There are now more appropriate means and facilities to dispose of waste properly rather than burning. County Fire has also found many situations where businesses are burning prohibited materials other than what their permits were approved for.
According to County Fire Chief Dave Laurin, “We cannot be using fire fighter resources and time dealing with calls that are not essential. By removing burn permits from commercial and industrial zones, we will make sure fire fighters and equipment are deployed in the most efficient way possible.”
Businesses are now asked to take waste materials to an approved County waste management facility, such as the Horn Hill waste transfer site. This will ensure the safe and secure disposal of waste from commercial and industrial workplaces. Red Deer County thanks the public for their understanding and cooperation on this issue.