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In the interest of public safety and the preservation of valuable property and resources, the Council of Kneehill County adopted a Fire Protection and Emergency Services Bylaw on August 19th, 2003. Requirements for burn permits came into place at that time.
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Because of our rural area, 911 dispatch will, in many cases depending on the situation, dispatch the area fire department to provide extra assistance. Our volunteer fire fighters are trained as First Responders.
Fire permits are mandatory all year round, including in the winter months. Fire Permits can now be accessed online. See the Burn Permits page for more information.
Fire Guardians issue the permits. A Fire Guardian is any Fire Chief from within the County of the Emergency Management Coordinator.
1st Offense: $500
2nd Offense: $750
3rd Offense: $1000
No, a permit is not required for:
a) an incinerator fire, either domestic or any commercial or industrial type incinerator that is required to be licensed under the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act
b) a fire that is set for the purpose of cooking or obtaining warmth
c) a smudge fire that is set for the purpose of protecting livestock from insects
d) fires set for the purpose of training firefighters
e) controlled burns conducted by the County
However, please be aware that burning barrels are not permitted in Hamlets.
Kneehill County will publish any fire bans that come into effect on both the County website and Facebook page.
In addition, you may also visit the Alberta Fire Ban Website.
Under the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act, there is a list of debris that is prohibited to burn.
It is prohibited to burn any flammable waste that when burned may release dense smoke, offensive odors, or toxic substances, which includes: