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Dry Conditions Within Sturgeon County
May 9, 2017
Please be advised that Sturgeon County is experiencing dry conditions in some areas. Wildfires and grassfires can spread very quickly. Please obtain your applicable fire permits and follow all conditions set out within it.
Currently there is no fire restriction or fire ban, but if hot and dry conditions persist, this may change. Check for notices on the County website and the Provincial Fire Ban website.
>> Media Release: May 8, 2017
Sturgeon County Council approved Burning Bylaw 1375/16 on October 11, 2016, which will see fire permits carry through year round instead of their current schedule of April to October.
Why the need for the change?
Year-round permitting will make it easier to track where burning is occurring and enhance the safety of Sturgeon County residents. General concerns from the public have been heard in regard to burning on municipal land and designated areas and this will also afford staff the opportunity to enhance fire prevention initiatives with the goal of preventing wild fire and grass fires held over from winter burns.
The amendment includes new definitions but not limited to the following:
A site inspection must be conducted by Sturgeon County Emergency Services prior to any permit being issued for a Structure Fire, Large Brush Pile Fire, or Windrow Pile Fire.
Do I need a permit for my fire pit?
Use of approved Fire Pits as listed in the proposed bylaw are permitted throughout Sturgeon County. A Fire Permit is not required under this Bylaw for an attended fire that is lit in an approved Fire Pit for recreation, cooking or warming purposes.
Where can I get more information?
The bylaw is posted here.
If you require additional information, please contact Fire Chief, Pat Mahoney 780-939-8411 or email email@example.com.
Where can I get a fire permit?
Fire Permits are FREE and available online or by phone 780-939-4321.
Failure to obtain a fire permit and/or the violation of any terms and conditions set out in their Fire Permit may result in a fine.
All open fires and burning barrels, with the exception of campfires used for warming or cooking purposes, are permitted on lots larger than one acre. Responsible burning involves more than just applying for a fire permit. It’s important to know what is acceptable to burn and what is not; and to ensure the fire is under control at all times.
Fireworks Purchase & Possession and Fireworks Discharge require a permit year round.
What you can burn…
“Burnable Debris” means all inflammable waste other than prohibited debris and includes but is not limited to:
What you can’t burn…
"Prohibited Debris” means any inflammable waste that when burned, may result in the release of toxic substances atmosphere and includes but is not limited to:
If you plan on celebrating on any of the upcoming long weekends with an amateur fireworks display, you require a permit. You can apply on-line for your permit or by obtaining a permit from an approved low hazard fireworks vendor in Sturgeon County. Please contact Sturgeon County Emergency Services, 780-939-8400 for information on the All Class Fireworks Bylaw and necessary permits.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
Vendors wishing to sell low hazard fireworks can contact Sturgeon County Fire Chief/Manager of Protective Services, Pat Mahoney at 780-939-8411 to obtain required information on becoming an approved vendor.