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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Fire restrictions now in effect for Red Deer County


A restricted fire order is still in effect for all of Red Deer County. A fast spring thaw has created dry conditions, which can lead to a fire growing out of control. The ignition of any outdoor fires within the boundaries of Red Deer County are hereby prohibited and no new fire permits will be issued until further notice.

This ban DOES NOT apply to:

  • Fires, which are contained within cooking and heating appliances and which are fueled by fluids, gases, or wood pellets.
  • Fires contained within industrial facilities for operational purposes.
  • Safe acceptable* residential fire pits – Woodland Hills Subdivision fire pit permits are still available
  • Gas/Propane fueled fire pits/stoves/barbecues.

*Acceptable Fire Pit means an outdoor receptacle that meets the following specifications:
(a) A minimum of 3 metres clearance, measured from the nearest pit edge to the nearest edge of building, property line, or other combustible material;
(b) A height not exceeding 0.6 metres when measured from the surrounding grade to the top of the pit opening;
(c) Equipped with a mesh screen with openings no larger than 12.5 mm; (BylawNo.2015/34);
(d) Enclosed sides made from bricks, concrete blocks, heavy gauge metal, or other non-combustible materials; and
(e) Not located over any underground utilities or under any aboveground wires

Any person violating conditions of this ban may be held liable for any damages and/or costs associated with extinguishing the fire and full prosecution with penalties, in accordance with Red Deer County Fire Services Bylaw 2012/14 and/or the Forest Prairie Protection Act RSA. Red Deer County thanks residents for their cooperation.

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