Fire Permits

Back up Your Burning Activities with a Permit

Fire season begins April 1 in Lac Ste. Anne County each year. Effective January 13, 2011, the County established a year-round permitting system. This means that AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR a Fire Permit must be obtained from your local Fire Guardian for ANY BURNING you would like to do (with the exception of backyard fire pits or burn barrels).

To obtain a Fire Permit or Fireworks Permit, please use the list below to contact the Fire Guardian in your division, or call the County administration office at 780.785.3411 (toll-free 1.866.880.5722).

Division
Fire Guardian
Phone Number
1 & 2
Jack or Sandra Cooper
780.967.1094 or 780.497.1094 (cell)
2 & 3
Stephen DeZaeyer (north of Hwy 37)
780.967.5714
4 & 5
Samme Bradshaw
780.919.9966 (cell)
4, 6 & 7
Jurgen Preugschas
780.204.2500

About Burn Barrels

Permits for burn barrels became obsolete in 2014 with changes that remain in place today within Fire Services Bylaw #29-2020. Importantly, even though burn barrel permits are no longer required, the County still DOES NOT ALLOW the use of burn barrels in County Hamlets or Multi-Parcel (named) Subdivisions.

Existing or Ground Fires

Please note that Fire Permits will not be issued for existing fires or ground fires. Therefore, any existing fires must be extinguished immediately. 

If your plans at any time of the year include fireworks or burning activities, a fire permit is mandatory.

Get to Know Farm FireSmart

"The biggest tip I can offer any Ag producer is to not be impromptu with their burns. Everything should have a plan: determine what can be burned, and make sure you have the equipment you need to ensure the fire can't get away."
— Randy Schroeder, County Fire Chief

You Need a Fire Permit When You Burn

t is unlawful to burn without a Fire Permit and you may be fined as per the County’s Fire Bylaw. It is also unlawful to set off Fireworks without a Fireworks Permit and you may be fined per the County’s Fireworks Bylaw.

Fire and Fireworks Permits are FREE, so your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Residents interested in obtaining Forest & Prairie (Wildfire) Insurance should contact their insurance agent, as a number of insurance companies and brokers offer this type of insurance coverage as an add-on to existing farm/house policies.

It is unlawful to burn without a Fire Permit and you may be fined as per the County’s Fire Bylaw. It is also unlawful to set off Fireworks without a Fireworks Permit and you may be fined per the County’s Fireworks Bylaw.

If there is a fire on your property and Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services provides fire suppression, the County may invoice the land owners for those costs. Please call the Fire Services Department should you have any questions regarding fire insurance or billing for fire suppression costs at 780.785.3411 (toll-free1.866.880.5722).

Let's Work Together

We encourage you to work with the Fire Guardian for pre-planning of your burning, such as pile sizes, location of piles, weather concerns, and the necessary equipment to have on hand. NOTE: Fire Guardians will respond within 24 hours to make arrangements for issuing a Fire Permit, so please plan your burning with this in mind.

If you're unable to reach or make contact with a Fire Guardian in your division, please contact the County administration office at 780.785.3411 (toll-free 1.866.880.5722) and your request will be directed to the Fire Services Department.