Fire Guardians & Permits
MARCH 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2018
If you live or work in the Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 and wish to conduct any burning, including burning barrels, you must first obtain a permit from a Fire Guardian or should you live in the Alberta Forest Protection Area, from your Sustainable Resource Development Office.
There is no charge for the permit.
48 hours' notice is required when requesting a fire permit
Kim Kissel (*) - 780-826-1118 Cell
- Division 1, 2 and 4
- East side of Moose Lake
- West side of Muriel Lake
- Crown Land in the Moose Lake area.
Dwayne Wolosiewicz - 780-573-0031 Cell
- Division 3 - West of Hoselaw
- Division 3 - South of Beaver River
Bob Highberg - 780-573-8603 Cell
- Division 5 and South of Highway 28 to Highway 659 and Twp 63,
- Fort Kent and Ardmore
Dwight Retzlaff - 780-812-0350 Cell - 780-594-2019 Home
- Division 6, Except for Twp 63,
(*) Indicates Divisions with Alberta Forest Protection Management Areas also.
Sustainable Resource Development 780-826-5608 (In the Bonnyville Provincial Building)
Fire permits are required in the Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87 from March 1st to October 31st of each year. Between November 1st and February
The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority requests that all open burning in the M.D. be registered by calling 780-826-7446. When you register your burn during the non-permit season it will reduce the number of non-essential emergency responses made by the fire departments to investigate smoke.
When registering your burns please be prepared to provide the following information: Name, Legal land description or rural address, Material being burnt, Contact phone number, Expected completion date of the burn
Fire permits are required in the Municipal District of Bonnyville Number 87 from March 1st to October 31st of each year.
Between November 1st and February
The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority requests that all open burning in the municipal district be registered by calling 780-826-7446.
When you register your burn during the non-permit season it will reduce the number of nonessential emergency responses made by the fire departments to investigate smoke.
When registering your burns please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Contact phone number
Expectedcompletion date of the burn
- Legal land description or rural address
- Material being burnt
Never burn in windy or extremely dry conditions, always keep a close eye on your fire and make sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
Residents who conducted any burning activities over the winter are reminded to return to their burn sites to ensure the fire was completely extinguished. Winter fires that were not properly put out can often smolder underground for months and reignite in the spring when conditions are right.
Highlights of the Fire Bylaw
Section 7 - Open Fires
7.1 Between March 01 and October 31 of each year or at any other time designated by Council resolution, no person shall operate a Burning Barrel or permit an Open Fire or any other fire upon land owned, occupied or under his or her control within the M.D., unless a permit has been obtained, the provisions outlined on the permit are complied with, and burnable debris is burned.
7.2 Notwithstanding Section
7.1 a permit shall not be required under this Bylaw to conduct: a) the cooking of food using a portable appliance; or
b) recreational burning or the cooking of food in Acceptable Fire Pits or Acceptable Fireplaces, provided: i. only clean fuel is used such as natural gas, dry wood or charcoal in amounts which will be contained within the fire pit or fireplace below the mesh screen; ii. the fire pit or fireplace is not used to burn prohibited debris; iii. a means, acceptable to the Fire Chief, of controlling or extinguishing the fire is available on the property and within
iv. a responsible adult is present on the property when the fire is
c) burning in fireplaces in or attached to dwellings as provided by legislation; or
d) the fire is a public park site fire in M.D. owned campgrounds and parks where fireplaces, stoves
e) burning in an incinerator for which a permit to construct and
f) the fire has been set by Fire Services for the purpose of
7.5 No person shall set, permit, maintain or operate an open fire or burning barrel at any time of the year within one hundred (100)
7.6 No person shall set, permit, maintain or operate an open fire for the purpose of land clearing at any time of the year within a Multi-Lot Country Residential Subdivision that has occupied dwelling units located within the subdivision or an adjacent subdivision within 1200m. The person who
Section 8 - Procedure to Obtain Open Fire Permit
8.1 Any person wishing to obtain an Open Fire Permit for any area within the M.D. excepting a Forest Protection Area, must apply to a Fire Guardian appointed by the M.D. at a location or locations and during a time period to be determined by the M.D. from time to time.
8.2 Each application for an Open Fire Permit must be on the form required by the Forest and Prairie Protection Act as determined from time to time or approved by the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority.
Each application and Open Fire Permit shall contain the following information: 1. the name, address and telephone number, if applicable, of the applicant, 2. the reason an Open Fire Permit is required, 3. the legal description of the land upon which the fire will be set and the exact location of the fire on those lands including the municipal address where applicable, 4. the type of combustible material which will be burned, 5. any precautions which will be taken by the applicant to maintain control of the fire, 6. the time for which the Open Fire Permit will remain valid, 7. the signature of the applicant and the issuing Fire Guardian.
8.3 A Fire Guardian may, in his sole discretion, terminate or suspend an Open Fire Permit or application at any time.
8.4 Upon request for a permit, Fire Guardian shall consider the permit application, and may in his sole discretion: a) refuse to grant a permit; b) grant a permit with or without terms and conditions as deemed
c) determine that a permit is not required.
8.5 The permit fee shall be as set out in Schedule "B" and shall be paid upon approval of the permit application. (
8.7 Permits issued pursuant to this Bylaw are valid for such period of time as shall be determined and set by the Fire Guardian and the Open Fire Permit shall have endorsed thereon the period of time for which the said permit is valid.
8.8 The Fire Guardian may extend in writing the period of time that an Open Air Fire Permit is valid provided the Fire Permit has not expired.
Burnable debris as defined in the M.D. Bylaw and Alberta Environmental Legislation.
Burnable Debris" means those materials permitted to be burned in accordance with statutes and bylaws written to protect and enhance the environment, and shall include but are not limited to materials described
"Prohibited Debris" means any material that when burned, will result in the release to the atmosphere of dense smoke or toxic air contaminants in accordance with statutes and bylaws written to protect and enhance the environment, and shall include but are not limited to materials described
xiv. wood or wood products containing substances for the purposes of preserving wood.