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Current Fire Ban, Restriction or Advisory

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There is a Fire Restriction on all open fires that require a permit including Fire Works in Foothills County. All open fires that require a permit are to be extinguished and any open burning permits cancelled. This Restriction will be in effect until all areas in Foothills County receive substantial changes to the current dry conditions through moisture and approval is received to lift this Restriction. 

Although this is not a Fire Ban, the County is still asking citizens to use extra caution and be extra vigilant when burning while the Restriction is in effect. Soaking the area adjacent to the fire pits, barrels with water is recommended. If conditions continue to change, the County may at anytime impose a Fire Ban or reduce to an Advisory at any time. If a Fire Ban is imposed, you must immediately and fully extinguish your fire.


  1. Rick Saulnier, Fire Chief of Foothills County in consultation with Council:
             a.  SUSPEND all fire permits issued under the authority of the Forest and Prairie Protection Act,
             b.  REQUIRE all outdoor fires that require a permit presently burning whether set under the authority of a fire permit or not, extinguished, and
             c.   PROHIBIT the lighting of any outdoor fires that require a permit within Foothills County.
  2. This order INCLUDES FIREWORKS, TORCHES or LANTERNS with open flames and any other outdoor fires that require fire permits.
  3. THIS ORDER does not apply to:
            a.  Safe residential fire pits and safe campfires in campgrounds. (Non-combustible unit 36 inches in diameter or less
            b.  Gas or propane stoves / barbecues and portable propane fire pits when used according to manufacturer’s specifications.
            c.  Charcoal briquette and solid fuel barbecues when used according to manufacturer’s specifications.
            d.  Chiminea’s (with screen covers that are located on non-combustible surfaces).
            e.  Internal household fireplaces.
            f.   Wood pellet smokers
            g.  Incinerators (for farm and acreage use).
            h.  Burning barrels (steel/metal drum no larger than 45 gallons, with screen covers that are located on a non-combustible surfaces).
  4.  THIS ORDER comes into effect on the 5th day of May 2021.

DATED at the Town of High River, in the Province of Alberta, this 5th day of May 2021.

Thank you,


Fire Permits are mandatory in Foothills County

Open fires are allowed by obtaining a burning permit issued through the Online Burning Permit application .

Alberta Fire Bans

Fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area (excluding campfires).
You can get a fire permit by contacting the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development office in:
Calgary 403-297-8800
Blairmore 403-562-3210

For information on wildfire status: Alberta Wildfire Status

Fire Permits are mandatory in Foothills County!
Burning Permits & Regulations

The burning of prohibited debris is against the law. Prohibited debris includes but is not limited to this list:

  • Tires
  • Plastics
  • Household Garbage
  • Paint and paint cans
  • Used motor oil
  • Furniture
  • Treated Products

Please only burn clean burnable debris. Other material can be disposed of at the Foothills Landfill and regular tipping fees will apply for Foothills County residents.
Thank you,

Foothills Fire
T: 403-603-3571
F: 403-254-3145