Fire Permits and Districts


Fire Permits are required for anyone within Vulcan County wishing to conduct a controlled burn on their property.

Fire Permits are not intended to unnecessarily restrict burning but rather to assist property owners to burn safely and in compliance with the Provincial Forest and Prairie Protection Act.

Permits are available, free of charge, by contacting the Vulcan County Office. Some standard conditions will apply and other conditions may be applied depending upon the site and type of burn intended.

Fire Permit Season

All open fires and burning barrels, with the exception of campfires used for warming or cooking purposes, require a fire permit

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.

What you can burn…

“Burnable Debris” means all inflammable waste other than prohibited debris and includes but is not limited to:

  • Straw and stubble
  • Grass and weeds, leaves and tree pruning’s
  • Wooden materials, which do not contain wood preservatives, from construction or demolition of buildings.

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:

  • Animal carcass and manure
  • Non-wooden material
  • Waste material from building or construction sites
  • Wood products containing substances for the purpose of preserving wood
  • Combustible material
  • Tires
  • Rubber or plastic
  • Used oil

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Failure to obtain a fire permit or to follow permit conditions may result in a fine being issued. Also, the land owner/occupant may be responsible to pay the associated costs of Emergency Services should they respond.

Things to remember before you burn:

  • Winds must be less than 15km per hour.
  • Sufficient tools, equipment and quantities of water readily available for the size of the burn being conducted
  • When burning in a burn barrel, barrel must be constructed of non-combustible material, free of damage, covered with a metal mesh screen with openings no more than 13mm, be located on a non-combustible base and be located at least 3 meters away from property lines or any combustibles.
  • You must obtain a fire permit and adhere to all of its conditions.
  • Take precautions to ensure the fire is under control at all times.
  • You are responsible for conducting a fire that is safe.
  • You must attend your fire at all times. 
  • Smoke must not impair visibility on a roadway or highway
  • Consideration must be given to neighbors to avoid physical discomfort.
  • Your fire must be out completely by the time your permit expires.
  • Fire permits may be withdrawn if environmental conditions change.
  • Fire permits will “not” be issued when a County-wide fire ban is in effect.

For additional information please contact the Vulcan County Office at 403-485-2241.

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Vulcan County Fire Districts