When the fire hazard is extreme, the City of Edmonton may issue a fire ban or restriction to protect life and property.
There are no fire bans or restrictions in effect at this time.
Fire bans and/or restrictions can prohibit any of these regulated activities:
Fire pits and cooking stoves in parks
Backyard fire pits
Edmonton Fire and Rescue Services wants to work with Edmontonians to keep everyone safe. That's why, during a fire ban or restriction, Fire Rescue Services will emphasize compliance over enforcement. However, failure to comply could result in a fine and/or fighting fees if the actions result in a fire or are deemed dangerous to the life, property and/or environment of Edmonton.
You can help keep Edmonton safe by checking www.albertafirebans.ca or calling 311 before you burn to find out if there is a fire ban in Edmonton.
Bans vs. Restrictions
What's the difference?
Fire restrictions prohibit the use of fireworks and open burning. During a restriction, you can still use your backyard fire pits provided they meet the Community Standards Bylaws. You may also use your BBQs and cooking stoves.
A complete fire ban prohibits the use of fireworks and any open burning. If conditions require, a ban may also restrict the use of fire pits and cooking stoves in parks, as well as BBQs that use solid fuels (wood and briquettes). Backyard fire pits will only be banned when the fire hazard is extreme throughout Edmonton. Gas and propane fuelled BBQs are still permitted but must be located and supervised properly.
Open burning includes any controlled burns that are subject to conditions set in an open burning fire permit. For more information, see
of the Community Standards Bylaw.
Propane BBQs and Stoves
Did you know that you can use a propane BBQ or stove during a fire ban?
They are permitted because they are metal, contained and don't generate smoke or embers. Propane BBQs are also permitted in City parks during fire bans.
Solid Fuel BBQs
Solid fuel (charcoal) BBQs are not permitted because they produce embers. These embers, combined with dry and windy conditions can be exceptionally dangerous.
When do I need a permit?
You need a permit to purchase, possess, store and discharge fireworks within the City of Edmonton. You also need a permit to do any kind of open burning. Call 780-496-3628 or 311 to find out how to obtain a permit.
Remember, no permits are required for backyard fire pits that meet the
Community Standards Bylaw
, cooking stoves, fireplaces or BBQs.
How to report non-compliance
We encourage the public to politely communicate the non-compliance to the individual, as most of these instances occur because of a lack of awareness.
Call 911 if the individual continues the behaviour.
How Fire Hazards are measured
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services uses a tool called the Fire Weather Index System to measure and forecast fire hazard conditions in Edmonton. It is based on weather data and takes into account everything from temperature and wind conditions to relative humidity and moisture levels in the ground.
For More Information
To find out how to obtain a fire permit.
In Edmonton: 311
Outside of Edmonton: 780-496-3628