March 1, 2017 is the new starting date of the fire permit season in Mountain View County, thanks to changes to the provincial Forest and Prairie Protection Act.
The changes to the act were passed by the Provincial Government in December 2016, expanding the provincial fire season from March 1 to October 31 starting in 2017. Previously, the provincial fire season started on April 1.
The changes apply to all areas of the County and fire permits are mandatory for all large scale burns.
The County does not issue burning permits for the two Alberta Forest Protection Areas within the County boundaries.
These areas are (see map):
- West of RR 54 from Twp Rd 310 to the south boundary of the County (Calgary FA).
- West of RR 60 from Twp Rd 312 to the north boundary of the County (Rocky Mtn House FA).
Residents in these two areas must obtain free burning permits from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry offices in Calgary and Rocky Mtn. House office respectively. Mountain View County fire permits (or fireworks permits) are not valid for lands within these two areas.
To contact Alberta Agriculture and Forestry call toll free 403-310-0000, call directly to 403-297-8800 (Calgary) or 403-845-8272 (RMH) or visit them online at wildfire.alberta.ca.
Any large burns planned by residents of the County outside the Alberta Forest Protection Area require a permit issued by Mountain View County. The permits are free of charge and are available through an online permitting system on the County’s website at www.mountainviewcounty.com.
Any residents who require assistance with filling out the permits after March 1, 2017 can contact the County office at 403-335-3311 during regular office hours for help in getting the permit application completed. Residents wanting more information on fire permits can also call the office at the same number.
The most important step of the fire permit system remains intact. That is the requirement of individuals planning burns to contact local fire dispatch prior to igniting the controlled burn and providing dispatch with the details of their burn. Those details include name, contact phone number, rural address of burn location, and start / duration of burn.
The toll-free number for local fire dispatch is: 1-877-507-7011.
It’s also important to note that if the County and/or Provincial Government put in place a full or partial fire ban, all permits for burns are null and void. Any ongoing burns must be extinguished and any planned burns cannot commence until the fire ban is lifted and a permit can be obtained.
There are no exemptions to fire bans. Bans will be announced on the County website at mountainviewcounty.com, on County social media accounts facebook.com/MVCounty and twitter.com/MVCounty, and on the provincial website at albertafirebans.ca.